For all of the haters out there who hoped the Rebecca Black video, Friday would disappear, your wish appears to have been granted.
Attempt to visit the viral music video that has snagged over 167 million views and you will be promptly greeted with the following message:
“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black. Sorry about that.”
TMZ spoke with a rep for Black who explained, “We can confirm that we submitted a Take Down Notice to YouTube as a result of the dispute we have with Ark Music regarding the ‘Friday’ video.”
Apparently, Black and company are not happy with a recent Ark Music Factory- the L.A. based production company who wrote and produced “Friday” for a reported $4,000- change that setup the outrageously popular video as a $2.99 rental earlier this week.
YouTube made a statement to TechCrunch on the subject:
“YouTube takes copyright infringement very seriously. When we receive a complaint alleging that a video infringes another person or company’s copyrights, we remove that video. Users who believe that a video was removed in error can appeal the copyright takedown.”
Cinemablend spells it out best:
It all boils down to who owns the rights to Rebecca Black. “Ark Music is not a record label as you might think of it. The company simply charges wannabee musicians, and in exchange for a flat, upfront fee, provides them with a song to record and a music video. Obviously, “Friday” turned into a phenomenon no one expected, and since, the company has been readily peddling Black’s image to attract new clients. This touting of their previous success to generate revenue isn’t a problem but charging people to listen to the song when they don’t own the rights is certainly sketchy business practice.”
To recap the uber-success of the 13 year old’s hit video, it was uploaded to YouTube on February 10th, 2011, and it had over a thousand views within its first month. Before it was removed yesterday, it had over 167 million views.
As of June 14th, the music video had more than three million “dislikes” on YouTube, which outweighed the 451,000 “likes”. In February, it got to the point where Black was receiving death threats via phone calls and emails, which are still being investigated by the Anaheim Police Department.
So being that today is Friday, what will fans just ‘looking forward to the weekend’ do for their fun,fun fix?
Fortunately, Schooltube has our backs. Looks like it was either yanked from schooltube, or the influx of Youtube traffic brought the page to it’s knees.