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.