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Rebecca Black -- Battle Over "Friday" Begins!

4/2/2011 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It was only a matter of time before a dog fight over the Rebecca Black phenomenon erupted -- Black and her mother are now accusing the company that produced the track of copyright infringement as well as using Black's image without permission.

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Black and her mother, Georgina Marquez Kelly, fired off a letter to Ark Music Factory claiming they hadn't turned over the masters of her recording, and were using her image all over the Internet without permission. The pair is also pissed that Ark allegedly claimed she was an exclusive artist of theirs ... this according to Rolling Stone.

The founder of Ark told the mag they plan on turning over the masters and are aware she's not an exclusive artist. But a lawyer for the company told RS, "The agreement was not court-approved ... They say they own the composition. Nothing could be further from the truth. If they go forward and license it or attempt to copyright it in their name, that would be copyright infringement and we'd act accordingly under the circumstances."

Who knew a crappy little song could cause so many problems?


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16.

rico    

the creepy kids mom is behind this.greedy pig......

1110 days ago
17.

keeping it real    

SHE F**KEN SUCKS A*S!!! TALENTLESS! WITH AN BAD VOICE! SHE CANT CARRY A TUNE!
IM GLAD SHE HAD HER 15minutes OF FAME! TIMES UP! SHOOOO, SHOOOO KID YOUR BUGGING ME, GO AWAY NOW!
4 REALZ

1110 days ago
18.

pete    

you know, after this song, i would rather my young children listen to Eminem. at least he doesn't SUCK! i wish no ill-will on this kid. really. Becka, go about your life, go to college, get married and have 5 kids. just don't sing anymore. PLEASE don't sing anymore.

1110 days ago
19.

AyeJay    

W T F ? - T H E Y - A R E - T H E - O N E S - W H O - M A D E - H E R - F A M O U S .
G R E E D Y - L I T T L E - P U T A .

1110 days ago
20.

theroundearth    

Please! Not another mother. After the dreadful Dina and Enzo's mother I need a break with mothers.

1110 days ago
21.

Cheryl    

I can't stand the song, and I understand why some of you are making your assumptions but this company did not make her famous. It was a shot in the dark. Her mother paid to have this song recorded up front with the wild hope that this might happen. People do it every day and nothing happens. This was a one in a million and this Ark company has made a hundred times over the amount of money that Rebecca and her mother made, just read the contract. The greedy party here is the Ark group, not Rebecca and her mother.

1110 days ago
22.

Puckett    

""Legitimate news organizeations" DO NOT add their opinions at the end of thier stories TMZ..... just sayin.

Posted at 9:45 AM on Apr 2, 2011 by Brett"

What's your point they're an online gossip magazine. Nothing more, that much is obvious. Where do commenters get the idea that they're a news organization anyway? It's a sad state of affairs when people can no longer tell the difference between a gossip rag and "the news".

Another newsflash for you all, the paparazzi aren't "real journalists" either. lol

1110 days ago
23.

fran    

people really this is a child of 13, watch what you say.

1110 days ago
24.

Bobo Frog    

My Uncle says she probably sucks Richards like a champ. I didn't say it...my Uncle did. He's a bad bad man....

1110 days ago
25.

Wiley    

The greedy party here is the Ark group, not Rebecca and her mother.
Posted at 10:25 AM on Apr 2, 2011 by Cheryl

Apparently not, according to their contract. They could have recorded anywhere but they chose Ark and agreed to their conditions and too bad now. They couldn't see beyond making the kid famous and now reality sets in. Just like Britney trying to get out of her perfume promotion contract. Too little, too late. Can't take it all back after the fact.

1110 days ago
26.

Puckett    

Someone needs to remind them this song is only a viral sensation because it's American Idol "William Hung bad".

I didn't understand what any of this was about until i watched the video. Between the high production values, goofy lyrics and her nasally autotuned singing voice it's epic, epically bad that is. lol

They better milk it while they can because it isn't going to last long.

1110 days ago
27.

spyke    

First of all, this is just a kid. Secondly, if that herd of yoyos from Jersey Shore or unwed pregnant teens can have tv shows, why shouldn't this little girl take her shot? I can't believe some of the filthy comments people are making on here about a minor. Justin Bieber became a Youtube sensation so this little girl thought she would try it too, I am sure there are a lot of very untalented people taking the same route, no reason to be mean about it and it is her mother's job to protect her too let's not be monsters about it okay?

1110 days ago
28.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Work-For-Hire. Ark owns everything.

1110 days ago
29.

Bubbles The Chimp    

"...The singers (or their parents) pay a $2,000 to $4,000 fee to Ark, and Ark then writes music with or for these singers and records them, often producing music videos and promotion of the songs. The singer owns the master recording, and Ark retains publishing rights to the song."

Owning the master recording doesn't mean **** when you don't own the publishing rights.

1110 days ago
30.

Carl    

No contract is "court approved". You make a contract, hopefully drafted by lawyers, then if there is a dispute the court decides how to rule based on the contract, or if the contract is contrary to the law, they rule based on the law. Something tells me ARK is not the most professional organization and probably doesn't have all the contracts and do***entation they really need.

1110 days ago
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