By Adam B. Vary
Updated June 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Rebecca Black

UPDATE, 7 p.m. ET, June 17: It’s Friday and Rebecca Black’s video remains off of YouTube, after a purported “Director’s Cut” was yanked off-line as well.

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black. Sorry about that.” Those horrifying words are now what greets anyone seeking out the official music video of Rebecca Black’s generational pop anthem, “Friday,” on YouTube. For a brief moment earlier this week, the clip was available only as a $2.99 YouTube rental, and now, after over 167 million views, it’s gone. Why? It’s unclear, although it could have something to do with finding a way to turn the song’s outrageous popularity into outrageous sums of money. Or it could just be a glitch in the Matrix, and the song will be back on YouTube in the morning to haunt our dreams. Tomorrow is Friday, after all.

What say you, Music Mixers? Good riddance? Or is the world somehow a sadder place without all the fun fun fun fun?

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