But not everyone will be getting down this Friday.  Rebecca Black’s YouTube music video sensation, “Friday,” had amassed 167,370,534 views in recent months.  Late last Thursday, YouTube abruptly removed the video, evidencing yet another event in the copyright dispute between Black’s lawyers and Ark Music, the company that produced her song. Prior to Thursday’s takedown, Ark Music suddenly set “Friday” up as a $2.99 YouTube Rental. Black responded, tweeting, “Thanks for all the messages regarding the $2.99 fee added to Friday video, I have nothing to do with this!!”

Ark Music is known as a “vanity recording company,” where clients pay high rates to get a professionally produced song and music video. Black reportedly paid extra in order to gain rights to the master recording of her music video. Now, her legal counsel claims she never received the master copies. They also contend that Black never granted the company any right to publicize her as Ark’s recording artist or for any other commercial exploitation of the song.

When asked about the video’s recent takedown, a YouTube spokesperson commented, “YouTube takes copyright infringement very seriously. When we receive a complaint, we remove that video. Users who believe that a video was removed in error can appeal the copyright takedown.”At this point, it is not clear who will win the battle between Rebecca Black and her recording company. But “Friday” fans need not worry. Black’s video is now available via other sources. Those who still want to hear more of her can find “Friday” through an educational site called SchoolTube.

Meredith Lawrence

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One Response to You Gotta Get Down on Friday

  1. Kevin Lumpkin says:

    That’s sketchy that Ark used RB’s name in its copyright takedown notice. I really want to know where all of the iTunes revenue is going for Friday – who’s getting rich?