Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Beyonce Sued For $20M BY YouTube Singer's Estate



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."

The estate of Anthony Barre, who went by the name Messy Mya on YouTube, claims in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans federal court Monday that Barre's voice is featured in the introduction to "Formation." The complaint alleges Barre's estate has received no payment or acknowledgment.

Barre was fatally shot in 2010.

Barre's estate is demanding at least $20 million in damages, royalties

In addition to Beyonce, the suit names several songwriters, the video's director and companies owned by Warner Music Group. Representatives for Beyonce and WMG didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

 

14 comments:

ALTuna said...

It's cool, they can just pay off the family with Tidal money... oh wait!
hahahahahahahaha

B fan said...

there doesn't seem to be a lot of love for Beyonce here. fine :) but her music actually helped me through recently so she isn't just these barrage of negative entries.

Guesser said...

Beyonce does this because she can. I'm sure they will settle out of court like all the others. What a tragic life this young man had.

Barbara RiceHand said...

I listened to both videos the other day and she did take from that guy. Idk about $20million worth.

david said...

Think punitive damages, Barbara. It's supposed to prevent them from stealing from other artist ever again.
Like that is going to stop them.

DUH said...

I think Beyonce (or her team) does a lot of stealing from others. I read some story on Yahoo recently about Beyonce stealing an idea about underwater pregnancy photography. The photos were very similar.

HH314 said...

I am no fan of Beyonce, but this lawsuit is without merit. The guy said a few words and posted them on Youtube, in the public domain. 20 million? not even 20 bucks. I hope she doesn't settle and goes to court

longtimereader said...

Which got bailed out by sprint just a few weeks ago for $$$'s. Jay-z is a lucky guy.

ALTuna said...

That'd be wonderful... if she'd ever written a song of her own in her entire career.
Write the music - nope.
Play an instrument - nope.
...
Jiggle her fat arse and look mannish - let me check up on it/

B fan said...

none of that bothers me

ALTuna said...

You clearly don't understand how 'business' works... bail-out shmail-out. They bought 33% of a chocolate teapot.

Melissa said...

B fan,nothing bothers you about bey huh?Guess you drank the cool aid - lemonade. She is a notoriously bad tipper,that was enough for me. You should dig online she has stolen so many things.

Bubbles said...

Stealing an idea about underwater pregnancy photography? From who, those millions of women who have already taken similar photos? Or were we supposed to somehow believe that Beyonce was the first to take such photos, or come up with the idea to do underwater photos. They're everywhere so what idiot would think Beyonce is the only one to have done it?

Shiba said...

She/her team exploit other artist's work, when at this point, she has the money to pay sampling fees or work something out.

It diminishes her integrity.

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