Beyonce Is Being Sued For Lifting "Visual Elements" On "Lemonade"
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:58:46
Beyoncé, Sony, Columbia, and Parkwood Entertainment are being sued by filmmaker Matthew Fulks over the trailer for the film Lemonade. "According to a new lawsuit filed in New York, this trailer was copied without permission from a short film titled Palinoia," reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The outlet goes on to report, "Fulks says he was contacted about the opportunity to direct a video by the Columbia-signed musical group MS MR, and as a result, links to Palinoia were sent to others including Bryan Younce, who has created videos for Beyonce and has been credited on her self-titled 2013 album. The lawsuit claims that in July 2015, Younce requested Fulks' email and that later he send the plaintiff a note acknowledging that he had received his "info" with an invitation to submit a treatment for consideration by Columbia."
"The complaint lists several elements Fulks believes were lifted from Palinoia for Lemonade, including "graffiti and persons with heads down," "red persons with eyes obscured," "parking garage," "black and white eyes," "the grass scene," "side-lit ominous figures," and more. Fulks is seeking profits "attributed to exploitation of his work" including a percentage of Lemonade sales," reports Pitchfork.
Beyonce is currently on her Formation World Tour and will play in Baltimore tomorrow night. From there she will play one more show in the Northeast before her final, first-leg North American performance in Detroit, Michigan on June 14th. On June 28th, Beyonce will begin the European leg of her concert series with a show in Sunderland, England. From there she will crisscross the continent making stops in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and more, before playing her final European show on August 3rd in Barcelona, Spain. Beyonce will then return to North America for the final leg of her tour, finishing up October 2nd in Nashville, Tennessee.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff