Beyonce is facing a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit from the estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star who claims the pop star used his voice without permission in her song “Formation.”
Anthony Barre aka Messy, claims that Barre’s voice is featured in the introduction to “Formation” song. According to the lawsuit filed in New Orleans federal court Monday. The complaint alleges Barre’s estate has received no payment or acknowledgment.
Barre’s estate is demanding at least Uganda Shs.71.6 billion ($20 million) in damages and royalties.
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This is not the first time Beyonce has been at the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit. In 2016, independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks claimed Beyonce’s “Lemonade” trailer was a rip off of his short film “PALINOIA.” The lawsuit was settled out of court.
In 2014, singer Ahmad Javon Lane sued Beyonce for Uganda Shs.25.4 billion ($7.1 million), claiming her song “X.O.” was a copy of his original song titled “XOXO” which he said he shared with one of her backup dancers in 2013. A judge tossed Lane’s suit.
Lets hope her name Beyonce isn’t stolen too, or else we may start to hear rumours that it was someone else idea.
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