Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Boy Bye: Copyright Lawsuit Over Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Visual Album Thrown Out

Beyonce attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.
Beyonce attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.

*The filmmaker who sued Beyonce claiming she bit some of her “Lemonade” visuals from his work had his case thrown out of court on Thursday, reports TMZ.

As previously reported, Matthew Fulks filed a lawsuit in June alleging Bey lifted several parts of his 2014 short movie “Palinoia” to use for her “Lemonade” visual album.

He attempted to argue that nine visual similarities seen in HBO’s 60-second “Lemonade” trailer were taken without permission. The visual similarities cited in the complaint were “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “red persons with eyes obscured,” “parking garage,” “stairwell,” “black and white eyes,” “title card screens,” “the grass scene,” “feet on the street,” “side-lit ominous figures,” all adding up to a supposed total concept and feel substantially similar to the short film.

Below, the “parking garage” similarity:

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The judge did not give a reason for rejecting Fulks’ suit, according to TMZ.

Compare and contrast below:

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