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Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Video Removed From YouTube

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/16/11 03:37 PM ET Updated: 08/16/11 06:12 AM ET

Rebecca Black Friday Video Removed Youtube

UPDATE: Rebecca Black's music video "Friday" is back online thanks to VEVO: The video has been re-uploaded on "RebeccaBlackOnVEVO's Channel." See it below.

Rebecca Black's "Friday" music video, which racked up over 160 million views on YouTube, has been removed.

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The page to Black's official video included a notice that the video is "no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black," with a "Sorry about that" from YouTube.

A YouTube spokesperson offered TechCrunch the following statement on the matter:

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.

"Friday" was recently put behind a paywall and users were asked to pay $2.99 to access the video via YouTube Rentals. Access to the video--without the paywall--was restored, though it appears that the video has since been removed.

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