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Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Video Pulled from YouTube Following Copyright Infringement Claim

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Rebecca Black's infamous 'Friday' video has been pulled from YouTube following a copyright claim from ... Rebecca Black.

It might be the the most annoying song on the planet, so it’s probably a good thing it’s no longer on YouTube. But why would Rebecca Black pull her song from the site that made her famous?

The video has apparently been pulled as part of an ongoing legal battle between Black and the recording studio she rented to record the hit song. When her song went viral, it was soon common knowledge that Ark Music Records was a ‘vanity recording company.’ As long as you have the money, you (or your kid) can record a professionally produced song and music video. However, it seems Ark wasn’t quite prepared for how successful the song would eventually become.

Though Black’s mom paid extra so that Rebecca would own the master of her video (the total cost for ‘Friday’ was $4000), Reuters reports that Black’s lawyers have sent a letter to Ark Music accusing the company of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of her publicity rights. Rebecca’s legal team say she never received the master recordings (as per her contract) and that Ark didn’t acquire necessary rights to advertise her as an exclusive Ark recording artist nor did they obtain permission for ringtones and other commercial exploits of the song.

While the two parties are determining who owns what, the song has been pulled from YouTube. If you’re desperate to hear the song, the director's cut has been uploaded to YouTube. That said, it may not last long, so get it while it's still around.

Rebecca Black - Director's Cut

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    NuclearShadow , June 18, 2011 10:20 AM
    SequencesIn the end, it is all about the money...


    It's about the lyrical genius and who owns the rights to it lyrics such as "Think about fun, yeah you know what it is". Clearly this song is a masterpiece and the song writers feel that they should be credited for their genius. However Rebbecca clearly feels it was not just the genius behind the lyrics but her outstanding performance of the song which can truly be called a epic masterpiece and lead to its success. We are clearly dealing with something that not only defines our era but humanity.

    Just kidding its a pile of puke and let the dogs fight over who gets to lick the vomit up.
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    Sequences , June 18, 2011 10:00 AM
    In the end, it is all about the money...
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    reggieray , June 18, 2011 12:02 PM
    This girl just proves that all the so called music stars that come from Hollywood or where ever they are promoted are just no talent hacks with some vocal lessons. No musical instruments needed, just looks and half a voice. The rich (RIAA) promoters will then make you a star.
    Sorry, I will stick with bands that actually play instruments and a singer that can do two things at once, such as play an instrument and sing.
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  • 4 Hide
    MadCatz900 , June 18, 2011 9:44 AM
    Its all fun, fun, fun....
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    NuclearShadow , June 18, 2011 9:57 AM
    We, we , we so excited?
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    Sequences , June 18, 2011 10:00 AM
    In the end, it is all about the money...
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    NuclearShadow , June 18, 2011 10:20 AM
    SequencesIn the end, it is all about the money...


    It's about the lyrical genius and who owns the rights to it lyrics such as "Think about fun, yeah you know what it is". Clearly this song is a masterpiece and the song writers feel that they should be credited for their genius. However Rebbecca clearly feels it was not just the genius behind the lyrics but her outstanding performance of the song which can truly be called a epic masterpiece and lead to its success. We are clearly dealing with something that not only defines our era but humanity.

    Just kidding its a pile of puke and let the dogs fight over who gets to lick the vomit up.
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    bennaye , June 18, 2011 10:23 AM
    The world weeps at the loss of this intellectual piece entertainment. "Tis unmanly grief", as Shakespeare would say. But never again shall the unenlightened masses know what to do when its friday. Oh well, only a couple more thousand of fridays left in our lifetime. I'm sure we'll figure something out.

    In other news, people living in the real world wept for joy. I'm so jizz jizz jizz ijzz...
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    derwin75 , June 18, 2011 10:27 AM
    Rebecca Black sucks!!! Her musical video is so damn annoying!! Let YouTube throws her video down the digital trash bin.
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    Pyree , June 18, 2011 10:52 AM
    Best scenario: In the process of suing each other, both side went bankrupt and can no longer produce more copy of the song. Also it causes sever psychological damage to the jury, thus the court deem the song as dangerous and order a ban on it. Government use it as a weapon, play the song on insurgents paralyzing them = world peace!
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    reggieray , June 18, 2011 12:02 PM
    This girl just proves that all the so called music stars that come from Hollywood or where ever they are promoted are just no talent hacks with some vocal lessons. No musical instruments needed, just looks and half a voice. The rich (RIAA) promoters will then make you a star.
    Sorry, I will stick with bands that actually play instruments and a singer that can do two things at once, such as play an instrument and sing.
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    Tamz_msc , June 18, 2011 12:08 PM
    I'm relieved.
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    WR2 , June 18, 2011 12:23 PM
    Isn't this news from back in March? Or just Deja Vu all over again.

    from March 29, 2011 Rebecca Black's "Friday" Music Video Removed from YouTube
    http://www.techbitts.com/2011/03/rebecca-blacks-friday-music-video.html
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    Onus , June 18, 2011 12:26 PM
    The song is an interesting commentary on the shallowness of the typical American life. As such, I suspect it will live a lot longer than the level of talent alone suggests. It's fluff, pure and simple, but I don't think it quite justifies all the hatred some of you are showing. Just because I don't need to hear it again, doesn't mean that I won't remember it (or that it was made) in another 25 years.
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    demonhorde665 , June 18, 2011 12:29 PM
    GEEZUS , i skipped watching it the first time when tom's reportd about this ... damn wish i skipped it this time . lyrically it is the most retarded thing i ever heard , musically it is teh most obnoxious and annoying thing i ever heard. Visually .. the girl is cute , but about half way through the song i almost feel like changing my stance on not punching girls... soemthgina bout this song jsut rubs me wrong in every possible way and half way through the song i just want to joke the girl to get her to shut up .
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    demonhorde665 , June 18, 2011 12:30 PM
    gah me and my typos mean i want to Choke not joke
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    ares1214 , June 18, 2011 12:33 PM
    MY EARS ARE BLEEDING, TURN IT OFF, TURN IT OFF!!!
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    lp231 , June 18, 2011 1:55 PM
    In the words of Homer Simpson...
    Thank You Jebus!
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    dogman_1234 , June 18, 2011 2:09 PM
    Let "Friday" be sent to the Darknet along with the other old web pieces that will no long be with us.
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    christop , June 18, 2011 2:45 PM
    Song makes me ill.
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    Stryter , June 18, 2011 2:52 PM
    NuclearShadowIt's about the lyrical genius and who owns the rights to it lyrics such as "Think about fun, yeah you know what it is". Clearly this song is a masterpiece and the song writers feel that they should be credited for their genius. However Rebbecca clearly feels it was not just the genius behind the lyrics but her outstanding performance of the song which can truly be called a epic masterpiece and lead to its success. We are clearly dealing with something that not only defines our era but humanity.Just kidding its a pile of puke and let the dogs fight over who gets to lick the vomit up.


    Well said, sarcasm and all.
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    Anonymous , June 18, 2011 2:57 PM
    no more gettin down on friday :D 
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    SoiledBottom , June 18, 2011 4:26 PM
    "Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Video Pulled from YouTube Following Copyright Infringement Claim"

    (Lawyers form both sides, singing)...Its payday..its payday
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