The 13-year-old Rebecca Black earned instant Internet fame back in April for her viral song Friday, which raked in over 167 million views before it was pulled this past week. And as noted yesterday, it was Rebecca Black herself who decided to contact Youtube and tell them to take it down, claiming copyright infringement.
However, ARK Music Factory — the record label that helped produce and set-up Black’s video that her mother paid in the $2,000-$4,000 range for — is shooting back, saying to TMZ, “We’re disappointed, having been in good faith negotiations with Rebecca Black and her representatives for months regarding any open issues. There’s been an ongoing, open dialogue with our company. So we were blindsided to get a Take Down Notice – with no notice – alleging copyright infringement instead of a call or email from Rebecca’s representatives. We are going to continue to take the high road and work out the complaint as soon as possible.”
However, if this has the potential to go further, Black may have a case. According to those close to her, when Black signed a contract with ARK, they were required to give her the master recordings of the song. Instead, they allegedly held onto them. Next, Reuters reports that the contract stated that ARK Music was not allowed to “commercially exploit” the video. According to many following the case, this is likely the reason why the video was taken down. Earlier this week, ARK Music took down the free version of the Youtube clip in place of a version in which the viewer needed to pay $2.99 to see it. Just two days later, both the free and paid versions of the video were taken down, claiming a “copyright claim by Rebecca Black”.
Since Black actually owns the rights to the song, many are speculating that Black may put up the video shortly under her own user handle. Others say that after the criticism and spoofs she earned for the original video, she won’t put the video back up, and instead possibly focus on a new music video to release while she remains in the spotlight.