Update: It’s back! “Friday” has been returned to its rightful place on YouTube. The “director’s cut” of the video is now available for free on Rebecca Black’s official Vevo page.
It may be Friday, Friday and you’ve got to get down on Friday. But you won’t be doing so to the YouTube video for Rebecca Black’s famous earworm celebrating that day.
The YouTube page where “Friday” once was now displays the message, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black.”
A rep for the 13-year-old singer 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.” The video’s removal comes days after Ark Music Factory, the company that Black’s parents paid to make their baby a star, started charging viewers $2.99 to watch the viral video.
Black, who appears in the still available video for Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night,” responded to the three-day rental fee on Twitter: “Thanks for all the messages regarding the $2.99 fee added to Friday video, I have NOTHING to do with this!!” She added that her manager and lawyer were investigating the fee.
Now that “Friday” is off YouTube, it may be time to admit you actually like the song and pay for it.