Infamous Rebecca Black YouTube Video 'Friday' Taken Down Over Copyright Issue?

from the grab-some-popcorn dept

If you haven’t yet come across the phenomenon of Rebecca Black and the song Friday, I’ll just assume you’ve been in a coma for the past couple of months. Back in April, we noted that there appeared to be a copyright fight brewing around the video, and whether or not the rights were owned by Ark Music Factory or Black herself. Even the founders of Ark Music Factory didn’t seem to agree. The whole thing was a mess waiting to happen…

So it’s interesting to see that the video, which had well over 100 million views, appears to have been taken off of YouTube due to a copyright claim. The message on the video says the claim was from Rebecca herself:

YouTube apparently gave TechCrunch a not-particularly-informative answer when it asked YouTube if Black had filed a takedown notice, so it’s still a little unclear what happened here. On top of that, there were some oddities earlier in the week where the video had temporarily switched from being free to being a $2.99 YouTube rental. So there could just be something weird going on… or there could be some sort of fight behind the scenes. Either way, I sense that the legal side of this is about to get a lot more interesting.

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Hugh Mann (profile) says:

$2.99? Are you kidding?

I mean, excpet for Rebecca’s mom & dad, who would pay to view it? I mean, good for her (and by “her”, I mean along with whoever showered her with money) to do what every little girl loves to do – playing dress-up with Mom’s clothes & jewelry and putting a on a show with her friends in the backyard – and turning her little fantasy into something a bit more substantial.

If you look at it the right way, you can enjoy it the same way you can enjoy watching kids playing make-believe.

Granted, some parts (like where d’s and t’s get intentionally silenced, so you get words like “di’n’t”, and that whole nasal voice thing she’s got going on) really grate on my nerves, but she’s just a kid, right?

Anyway, even in my most charitable mood, there’s no way in Hell I’d pay money to watch that thing. The $2.99 price must have been some sort of mistake, as I can’t see anyone REALLY thinking she’d make more than $9.00 once she, her mom and her dad paid up.


LegitTroll (profile) says:

While I understand the sentiment.

I completely understand the reaction to this posting. Rebecca Black was hoping to be the next Bieber with this release, but all its done is propel her to the butt of a few over saturated jokes. The purpose of removing the video now seems to be rather late. 10 million hits, hundreds of parodies and lip syncs. Is there really a point? Are they going to put that really crappy genie back in a bottle somehow?

I think that I would rather be rickrolled then ever have to hear that again, but the pancake song was pretty catchy though.

bunnyhero (profile) says:

definitely some sort of fight behind the scenes...

it seems no one reporting on this looked at rebecca black’s twitter account (@MsRebeccaBlack). they would have seen the following tweets from her when the rental fee appeared on the friday video:

“Thanks for all the messages regarding the $2.99 fee added to Friday video, I have NOTHING to do with this!!”
“PS…My Manager and Lawyer are on this and are going to get to the bottom of this! Stay tuned…”

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