What happened to Rebecca Black's Friday video?
Visitors to the video, which amassed more than 167 million hits, were greeted with a blank page and a short message from YouTube.
Who made the copyright claim? Rebecca Black.
Yep - she apparently claimed copyright infringement on her own video.
There was a point (a few days ago) where users could watch the viral video using YouTube's rental service, but that meant paying $2.99 each time. Last time I checked, viral videos are free.
Well, you can't even rent the video anymore. And you still can't watch it on the public site.
According to TechCrunch, the video service said
”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.”
Perhaps Rebecca Black is taking her early success very seriously, and wants to put it on hold? Or maybe her label, ARK Music Company, who took down the video on her behalf in an effort to direct all the views toward their portal.
It would appear not - the video accessible through ARK's website doesn't work either.
Will you miss the video to 'Friday?'
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets