Black whose song “Friday” hit Number 38 on Billboard’s digital singles chart this week and her mother, Georgina Marquez Kelly, are accusing Ark Music Factory, which produced “Friday,” of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity rights.
A March 29 letter from Black and Marquez Kelly’s lawyer Brian Schall to Ark Music Factory obtained by Rolling Stone 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.
An Ark principal says we so excited for no reason:
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ark Music Factory founder Patrice Wilson denied most of the allegations in the letter. “I have met with Rebecca Black’s mom and everything is fine,” he said. “She will get the masters and the song. They can have it all.”
Meanwhile, if you thought the worst thing about “Friday” was the synth work, here’s an a cappella version.