Remember Friday hitmaker Rebecca Black? Her hit viral song which made her an household Internet name in April — for all the wrong reasons, no less — has been yanked off of Youtube by Rebecca Black herself. If you recently visited Youtube to listen to the song, you received a notice that the song has been pulled due to a “copyright claim by Rebecca Black”.
While it is not known at this point why the video has been removed, it comes just days after Los Angeles based record label ARK Music Factory started charging users on Youtube $2.99 to listen to the song. A spokesperson for 13-year-old Black told TMZ, “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.”
Reuters reports that in the contract Black signed with Ark Music, she was guaranteed that she would be given the master recordings, but she never received them. Not only that, but the contract allegedly said that ARK wasn’t able to sell the song commercially, which is what they did on Youtube, only for the video to be coincidentally (or maybe not) taken down by Black herself months after it had been on the video-sharing website. On her Twitter account Tuesday, Black tweeted the following message: “Thanks for all the messages regarding the $2.99 fee added to ‘Friday’ video, I have NOTHING to do with this!!” Prior to the video being pulled, the song in which many made a mockery of had 167 million views. Ironically enough, it was Rebecca Black herself who ultimately decided to pull the video.