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Black's "Friday": Where Did All Our Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun Go?

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Nothing like a good old fashioned internet uproar to spice up your day. Whether you're a devotee or critic, if you try to click on the YouTube page for tween cewebrity Rebecca Black's "breakout" video celebrating the last day of the work school week, well, sorry...the fun, fun, fun, fun, fun of "Friday" cannot be yours.

Via The LAT's Ministry of Gossip:

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black," reads the Web page that once held the pop tune so bad it was marvelous. "Sorry about that."

It turns out the issue is regarding the rights to So Cal native Black's babyface image. Black's team served Ark Music, the video's masterminds, with a takedown notice. The copyright battle goes back to March, not long after the video, which was shot in January, made its web debut.

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Briefly this week, a $2.99 fee was implemented on YouTube to view the video, but ultimately that plan was a no-go, too, so the video has been yanked. Waaaaaah!!! How are we going to know what day comes after today, and the day after now? Sniturday? Slubday? Or, wait, is tomorrow Wednesday? Aw, crap.

Okay, well, before you get too upset, the Huffington Post points out that "the video is back through Vevo, a company that profits off online video views. Whether it's a permanent solution remains to be seen, but the bonus is not only can you watch Rebecca Black's opus once again, you now get the director's cut."