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'Friday' Producers Hit Back At Rebecca Black

6/17/2011 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The company that produced Rebecca Black's hit "Friday" says it was "blindsided" by the singer's demand to pull the video off of YouTube -- and is taking a shot at the singer for not calling them first.

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A rep for Ark Music Factory tells us "We’re disappointed, having been in good faith negotiations with Rebecca Black and her representatives for months regarding any open issues."

The rep continues, "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."

AMF adds, "We are going to continue to take the high road and work out the complaint as soon as possible."

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16.

pegnew    

YOU JUST CAN'T PULL THESE KIND OF HI-JINKS AND EXPECT TO BE
FORGIVEN LIGHTLY IN THAT BUSINESS!!!ASK CHARLIE SHEEN!!!!

1119 days ago
17.

Bear    

To Rebecca you should hold you head high! I congratulate you, you ARE on your way up don't let anyone bring you down. For AMF I never heard of AR*****il Rebecca, be thankful and encourage her. I'm sure you're not 13.

1119 days ago
18.

Joy    

It's extreme to call her a singer. Good for them for pulling her video. It was poisoning YouTube.

1119 days ago
19.

dimes    

If the company is in negotiations, it does not have rights. She does, and exercised them.

1119 days ago
20.

leilani marion    

what happen to music now people have to go to a company to make them famous what happen to good old hard work and real talent i saw the music video she cant sing i hate that hard working artist who CLEARLY has talent gets push aside for REBECCA BLACK and WILLOW SMITH come on world

ps,PICK A SEAT ALREADY GOSH

1119 days ago
21.

Rocco    

For any of you who'd still like to hear her sing this horrible song through her nose, just Google it. It's still on lots of sites.

Personally, I can't get past the first chorus. Let's see. She's not very attractive. She can't sing. I'd say she has a bright future on MTV.

1119 days ago
22.

John    

She thinks she's a superstar and is now trying to act "diva". I wouldn't pay $0.01 for that song. Can't believe she's 13 either. Looks 17. Must have had early puberty or something, LOL! Oh, and just because the video's received over a million hits, doesn't mean it's a hit. People view it to laugh and make fun of it. She doesn't get it.

1119 days ago
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HM    

@Chicago Nick


"Seems like this little ho has gotten down the lewd crude celebrity skank act down great, if she could only sing she'd have the whole package of celebrity s***."


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I haven't heard any reports about the "celebrity skank act" you've blasted Rebecca Black for having perfected. Could you cite your source(s)? A Web link or excerpt from an online report would be helpful. Thanks.

1119 days ago
24.

dimples    

OH & to people saying she can't sing.... 1) she is thirteen, & 2) Friday was completely auto tuned crap... so how do you know she doesn't have talent?

& To people saying she is ugly... 1) she is thirteen!!!! She is cute for her age, & 2) just wait... I bet she becomes super hot one day. Karma works that way, the ones you don't find attractive in youth become the bombshells later in life.

1119 days ago
25.

Chris    

Finally she realizes that she cant sing and her song was voted the worst song ever made! She finally did something smart

1119 days ago
26.

NOT A HATER! TEAM REBECCA!    

You guys are all haters just cause' your asses don't get famous, doesn't mean you need to bag on Rebecca! STOP HATING!!!

1119 days ago
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HM    

@brenda


"Dumbing down of musical taste continues..."


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I won't argue that truth, but as far as this copyright issue goes, we're getting just a flash of the dispute between Rebecca Black and ARK Music Factory. Without knowing details of their business relationship, and whether or not the teen had competent representation in negotiations with the record label (i.e. a hired lawyer and not just a protective parent), the young lady might have legitimate complaints.


(As an aside, I remember a brief interview with Miss Black, where she was asked about rumoured earnings of close to a million dollars, all generated from her YouTube video. The young warbler responded that she hadn't yet received any of the proceeds stemming from the unexpected popularity/infamy of her single. If I've recalled the details correctly, then it's entirely possible that Miss Black hasn't been allowed adequate involvement in the promotion of her tune and handling of her image.)

1119 days ago
28.

Em    

I know first hand the parents ( the mom actually) are delusional. They honestly think their daughter is a star.
They signed completely awful contracts and then started going though lawyer after lawyer trying to exploit their daughter after her video hit.
Any normal parent would of pulled the video after their child started getting the comments Rebecca Black did, but no, they let this poor 13 yr old girl have people tell her to kill herself.

1119 days ago
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HM    

@Rocco


"She's not very attractive. She can't sing."


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Judging a singer on her vocal abilities is fine; otherwise, what yardstick should be used? However, one criterion that should not be employed to judge a singer -- a gauge that is particularly unacceptable when applied to a teenager -- is that of physical beauty. Not only does one's outer attractiveness have no bearing on the calibre of an artist's singing (which can be easily proven by listening to music broadcast on the radio versus watching a music video on MTV or Canada's MuchMusic, and which is the concept behind the new talent show The Voice, hosted by Maroon 5's Adam Levine and rocker Christina Aguilera), but to insult a young person's looks is unfair, unkind and immature. It's hurtful remarks like yours that contribute to the terrible epidemic of poor self-image and crippling insecurity that afflict young women today.


I realize it takes more thought to compose a better argument to support your opinion, than it does to throw out the juvenile "Eww, she's ugly!" type of critiques, but it would be refreshing to see more adult discussion about the merits of "Friday" and legal wranglings over its distribution.

1119 days ago
30.

Meanie    

Who?

1119 days ago
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