If being stalked and harassed by online antagonists and being labelled as “the worst singer in history” were not enough, 13 year old Rebecca Black is now involved in a rapidly escalating legal battle against production company Ark Music Factory for ultimate control of her viral Internet music video “Friday.”
Georgina Marquez Kelly, mother of Rebecca Black, has sought out legal representation and sent an official letter to the Ark Music Factory production company accusing them of “copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity rights,” according to an article released by Rolling Stone.
According to the Rolling Stone interview Brian Schall, the attorney hired to represent Black claims 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.”
This is not the first time Rebecca Black has found herself the target of negative attention, as was covered in a previous Pop Culture Examiner article on March 18th.
13 year old Rebecca Black, star of the new internet music video “Friday”, is facing down the barrel of an Internet shotgun today as hackers from the Internet site “4chan” have planned an all out attack against Black for what the hackers are are claiming to be “the worst music video ever made.”
Operation Black Friday has sprung out from the “/b/” section of the 4chan site, where already Rebecca Black has become an over night target, with plans today by hackers to “respond” to her appearance on Good Morning America.
Images from Rebecca Black’s school calendar have been posted on the 4chan site, as well as at least half a dozen possible home addresses. All this is in an attempt by the hackers to give as much information out about her to allow a full scale attack on Black and her family. One clear indicator of the type of attacks being planned comes from images on the 4chan website, which has been reported in a post by the Gawker website.
Lawyer Barry Rothman for the Ark Music Factory production company says “We’d like to see Rebecca Black’s career go forward and we’re trying to accomplish that in the context of working through the legalities.”
According to one Rolling Stone reader, the situation between Black and Ark couldn’t be more clear.
When ARK charged up front fees for their services, they lost any claim to being a traditional record company. Their business model of taking money from suburban teens with stars in their eyes seems to have backfired on them; I see this as karmic retribution. Either stick to the being work-for-hire or get contracts that more clearly define your role in the promotion of artists. – Seth P
Do you think Rebecca Black is still “looking forward to the weekend” with all the current litigation? Who owns the rights to the video, and who gets all the money?
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