June 17, 2011 8:42

Rebecca Black forced to remove 'Friday' from YouTube after legal dispute

Legal battle over the viral smash continues

Rebecca Black forced to remove 'Friday' from YouTube after legal dispute

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Rebecca Black has removed her video for 'Friday' from YouTube as part of an ongoing legal dispute with Ark Music, the track's writers.

'Friday', which has been watched over 200 million times on the video sharing website, was originally penned by teen pop record label and song writing firm Ark Music, who have been involved in legal arguments over the track's rights since it became a viral sensation.

A spokesperson for the singer told US gossip website TMZ: "We can confirm that we submitted a take down notice to YouTube as a result of the dispute we have with Ark Music regarding the 'Friday' video."

The dispute is thought to centre around Ark's decision to list 'Friday' as a "rental" video on the website, with viewers able to pay $2.99 (£1.85) to watch the video. This decision is thought to have angered Black's representatives, who then pulled the video from YouTube.

Black has recently made a cameo in Katy Perry's new video for 'Last Friday Night'.

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