It’s Friday morning and, as ashamed as they may be to admit it, a lot of people have adopted a new tradition of listening to Rebecca Black’s hit ‘Friday’ first thing on Friday mornings (‘cause it’s so fun fun fun fun, of course!). But this Friday morning, Friday fans will be in for a shock. The video, which has accrued over 167 million views, has been taken down, due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black herself. But don’t distress! The video is still online—you just need to know where to look for it.
If you hadn’t already heard the news, yesterday afternoon the ‘Friday’ video disappeared from the Ark Music Factory YouTube channel, replaced with a message stating that, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black.” This may not come as a surprise to some, as rumors of Rebecca Black and her mother suing Ark have been spreading for months and earlier this week the video was mysteriously made temporarily into a rental, with viewers being required to pay a whopping $2.99 to rent it for a 24-hour period. It was clear that strange things were afoot. The video was made free again, but just days later it was gone from YouTube completely.
“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.”
But the good news is, ‘Friday’ isn’t completely gone. Mashable discovered that the video is still available on a different site, called SchoolTube. Perhaps the video will be removed from there as well, at some point. But for now it’s still available so you can still get your Friday morning ‘Friday’ fix today.
A lot of people are speculating about why Rebecca Black decided to take the video down, as well as whether or not it will go back up. Some commenters have pointed out that the video has disappeared for hours at a time in the past, but it always came back. However, we are now going on nearly fifteen hours since the video was taken down and it is showing no signs of returning. If it does, perhaps it will be on Rebecca Black’s personal YouTube channel, or maybe even on Funny Or Die, who the YouTube sensation has started a love affair with.
Until ‘Friday’ makes its comeback, at least we’ve got this SchoolTube upload to remind us that Friday comes after Thursday and before Saturday.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.