Rebecca Black considers legal action

Rebecca Black and her mother, Georgina Marquez Kelly, are considering legal action against Ark Music Factory, the producers of her hit single, ‘Friday’, reports Rolling Stone magazine. They have accused Ark of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity rights.

In a letter written by their attorney Brian Schall, Black and Kelly have alleged that Ark have failed to provide them with the master copies of the recordings and created and sold an unauthorized ringtone of ‘Friday’.

Ark have denied any wrongdoing and say they’ve straightened everything out with Black and her mother. Ark founder Patrice Wilson said: “I have met with Rebecca Black’s mom and everything is fine. She will get the masters and the song. They can have it all”. He added that Black has since signed a new record deal with another company.

Reports of how much Black will earn from ‘Friday’ range from £20,000 to over £100,000. It has been viewed on YouTube over 81 million times so far.

Some have dubbed the song to be the worst song ever recorded but, as with anything with an infamous reputation, people want to hear it. Hence the 81 million views.

What did Rebecca and her mother think was going to happen with her material? It’s a well-known fact that the music industry makes more money than the artists it represents and produces than the artists themselves. Artists play and make music for the love of creating art…or, in this case, ripping off Justin Bieber to make some fast cash.

Not until pop stars are established do they start becoming a brand and start to make money from their image. The more canny among them buy the rights to their own material or set up production companies or labels of their own. Only the most naïve wannabes would (presumably) sign a contract and record a song with a company without reading small print or expecting a lot of return to them from a song that has been heavily produced by someone else.

She certainly deserves everything she gets, but all I can foresee is a career in reality TV as the singer of the worst song ever written.

For any of you who haven’t heard the song yet, here it is in all its splendour. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Rebecca Black considers legal action”

  1. Pass me the bucket please…

  2. I have a remix of the eighties earache classic, The Birdie Song’, in the can. Reckon I can drum up enough bile (interest, for the musically deaf or talentless) and make myself a millionaire by next week?

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