6.20.2011

Rebecca Black Pulls Infamous ‘Friday’ Video From YouTube

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It’s Thursday, Thursday, and Rebecca Black’s memetastic “Friday” video is no longer available on YouTube, due to a copyright claim filed by Rebecca Black apparently. It’s not clear what exactly happened to the video, which at its pre-takedown height had amassed 167,370,534 views off of the ARK Music Factory account.

Earlier this week it seemed like the video had been set up as a $2.99 YouTube Rental by ARK, and then not so much. Is this latest drama due to an attempt by ARK to capitalize on the young star’s Internet fame? I have no idea.

When asked if Rebecca Black herself had asked for the takedown, a YouTube spokesperson gave us the following statement,”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.”

It’s been down for less than an hour and part of me actually misses the godforsaken thing. Guess you don’t know what you got until it’s gone.

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