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Rebecca Black appears in a still from her music video, Friday. - Provided courtesy of OTRC / YouTube

Rebecca Black's 'Friday' pulled off of YouTube

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06/16/2011 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Rebecca Black's viral hit video "Friday" was pulled off YouTube on Thursday, "due to a copyright claim" by the singer, according to the site.

The video, which had over 167 million views, according to AOL-owned technology blog TechCrunch, had been put up as a YouTube rental earlier in the week for $2.99 by the ARK Music Factory, an independent Los Angeles-based company that produced the video and song.

Black made mention of her video's status as a rental on her official Twitter page on Tuesday, writing, "Thanks for all the messages regarding the $2.99 fee added to Friday video, I have NOTHING to do with this!!"

The 13-year-old later added, "PS...My Manager and Lawyer are on this and are going to get to the bottom of this! Stay tuned..."

The company issued a statement to TechCrunch when asked about the matter which said, "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."

Black's "Friday" track was covered by cast members of the hit FOX series "Glee" on an episode on May 10. The song was also covered by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and former "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in April.

Check out Stephen Colbert's performance of "Friday" below.

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