So, when I went on Facebook, my Wall was populated with this. Rebecca Black’s hit single – and most disliked video of YouTube – has been removed from the Ark Music Factory’s YouTube account by none other than Rebecca Black. Wait, what?
Turns out, there’s an actual story behind it. I know. A story behind one of the worst songs of the year.
There’s currently a legal battle over the rights to the song, according to Reuters. Black’s lawyers sent a letter to Ark Music and accused them of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation for publicity as apparently the contract never said that she would be an exclusive to the supposed record company, and used her face for merchandise.
But then again, the rapper (who turns out to be the owner of the record label, Patrice Wilson) looks like a creep.
Both sides are claiming rights to the song Friday. Ark has said in a statement, “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.”
However, once posted on the Internet, it’s never gone. If you still want to watch the video, it’s called using a Google Search. That or watching the numerous video parodies of it.