Beyonce Slapped with Lawsuit for ‘Stealing’ Ideas From a Filmmaker for Lemonade Trailer
For the umpteenth time, Beyonce has been accused of lifting content from another person to make her videos.
An independent filmmaker from Louisville named Matthew Fulks is suing Beyonce, claiming she ‘lifted’ ideas from his short film for the trailer of her visual album Lemonade. According to a new lawsuit filed in New York, this trailer was copied without permission from his short film titled Palinoia which was released in 2014 .
Fulks is suing Beyonce and her record labels Sony Music and Columbia Records , saying most of the scenes in Lemonade trailer such as characters in front of graffiti-covered walls, red tinted images and dimly lit parking garages, were completely ripped off his movie.He added that the film also portrayed a “tumultuous relationship.”
Furthermore, Fulks claims a Senior VP at Columbia Music, Bey’s label, saw Palinoia sometime in 2015 and he thinks the executive stole his ideas for Lemonade, which started shooting at the end of 2015.
Unfortunately, Queen Bey has had quite a history of plagiarizing other people’s work.
In 2011, Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker accused her of copying her work for various scenes in her Countdown video. Then in February this year, the 34-year-old diva was accused again of ‘stealing’ scenes for her Formation video from a 2012 documentary titled That B.E.A.T. You can read all about that here. In April also, Beyonce was called out once more for using the exact idea from the video of visual artist Pipilotti Rist’s Ever Is Over for her Hold Up video.
Matthew Fulks is seeking a share of Lemonade profits while Beyonce’s reps are yet to respond to the lawsuit.
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