A FILMMAKER CLAIMS BEYONCÉ USED UNAUTHORIZED PARTS OF HIS WORK FOR LEMONADE TrendyVoice

9 June 2016

A FILMMAKER CLAIMS BEYONCÉ USED UNAUTHORIZED PARTS OF HIS WORK FOR LEMONADE




Beyoncé is the target of a new lawsuit
alleging that the Lemonade trailer copied
parts of an independent short film without
permission.
The lawsuit was filed yesterday (June 8) by
Matthew Fulks, a filmmaker from Louisville,
Kentucky who released a short film called
Palinoia in 2014. In it, he alleges that
Beyoncé's team watched his video while
conceptualizing Lemonade, then borrowed
unauthorized elements of his work while
putting together one of the trailers for the
HBO special.



Fulks says that in July of 2015, he sent
Palinoia to members of Beyoncé's creative
team while he was in talks to direct a music
video for a band called MS MR, who, like
Beyoncé, are signed to Columbia. Filming for
Lemonade began a few months later in
December.
"Both the PALINOIA Work and the LEMONADE
Trailer are comprised of short visual and
audio segments arranged in montage
fashion, with certain segments recurring
throughout the works," reads the lawsuit.



According to Fulks, the elements allegedly
shared by the two works include "images of
the central character in a state of distress,"
"hand-painted graffiti words in similar
styles," "red persons with eyes obscured,"
"garages with repeating ceiling light fixtures
and columns with the lower halves of the
columns painted yellow," "overgrown grass,"
and "stairwells."



The lawsuit also alleges that the audio of
both works is similar. Both feature voiceovers
of a narrator reciting a poem about a
troubled relationship, and the soundtracks to
each visual "follow a similar pattern in which
harsh noises are separated by calmer sounds
in a substantially similar time table."
Fulks is seeking profits from Lemonade's
album sales resulting from the allegedly
unauthorized use of his work.

Credit: MTV




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