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

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
    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.
  • Sequences
    In the end, it is all about the money...
  • reggieray
    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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  • MadCatz900
    Its all fun, fun, fun....
  • NuclearShadow
    We, we , we so excited?
  • Sequences
    In the end, it is all about the money...