It's Rebecca Black Vs. Ark Music Over Rights To Viral Video 'Friday'
April 4, 2011 at 6:17 AM (PT)
Internet sensation REBECCA BLACK has pushed her way into the Top 40 of BILLBOARD's Digital Singles chart and along with that success, comes legal issues -- as BLACK and her mother, GEORGINA MARQUEZ KELLY, are accusing ARK MUSIC FACTORY, which produced "Friday," of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity rights, reports ROLLING STONE.
A MARCH 29th letter obtained by ROLLING STONE from BRIAN SCHALL, the lawyer for BLACK and MARQUEZ KELLY, tp ARK MUSIC FACTORY "alleges that ARK has failed to provide BLACK with the master recordings of her song and video; has been exploiting her likeness and her song on YOUTUBE, iTUNES, AMAZON and ARK's website; created an unauthorized 'Friday' ringtone; and has been advertising BLACK as an exclusive ARK recording artist on its website."
"She's not our exclusive artist," ARK MUSIC FACTORY Founder PATRICE WILSON told ROLLING STONE. "Once an artist meets with us and once they blow up, they have a choice to retain us or move on if they can. REBECCA is now signed with someone else."
ARK's lawyer, BARRY ROTHMAN, commented on the validity of the existing agreement, saying "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."
Check out REBECCA's in-dispute "FRIDAY" video, now viewed over 82 million times, here.