Rebecca Black reignited the commotion over her viral sensation 'Friday' by having her lawyers remove it from YouTube yesterday. Citing copyright infringement, claims the Entertainment Weekly, representatives of Rebecca Black claim that production company Ark Music, with whom she recorded the song, never gave her the master recordings and have unlawfully exploited her publicity rights. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Black's mother had initially paid the company a relatively small amount of money so that her 13 year old daughter could use their studio to record her single, but once it become an unexpected hit, with over 160 million views just before the take-down, a legal battle ensued as Ark Music attempted to cash in by claiming rights over derivatives such as ring tones and merchandise.
Ark Music claims to have been 'blindsided' by the take-down, reports E! Online, and part of Ark's statement read: "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." Ark have hit back with 'TGI Fridays' - a series of cover versions of 'Friday' performed by major artists such as Katy Perry and the Glee cast.