Beyoncé fires back at claims she copied the idea for ‘Lemonade’

The singer has been accused of copyright infringement


by Laura Donaldson |
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Beyonce has fired back at claims she copied the idea for there 2016 visual album Lemonade.

Filmmaker Matthew Fulks filed a lawsuit back in June claiming that the HBO film that accompanied B’s sixth studio album was too similar to his short film Palinoia.

But on Friday, Beyonce’s legal team apparently filed a motion urging the judge to toss Fulk’s lawsuit out and arguing that the two films have nothing to do with each other.

According to TMZ the motion read: “[A] straightforward comparison of the parties’ works provides a textbook example of what does not constitute legally cognizable claim of infringement.”

Bey in Lemonade
Bey in Lemonade

Beyonce's team also argue that Palinoia makes no reference to infidelity - the central theme of Lemonade: “Palinoia is about a ‘tumultuous relationship’ that is now over. The protagonist is a white male and his former lover is a white blonde woman. The demise of their relationship is oblique, and is not tied to infidelity.”

Fulks is reportedly seeking unspecified damages in his suit, which claim that Lemonade is 'substantially similar' to his film in mood, setting, pace and fonts.

The filmmaker also claims that in 2015 he was approached to direct a video by artist MS MR who are signed to Columbia Recording - part of the Sony Music group to which Beyonce is signed. He says that this led to to his project being sent to numerous people at the label shortly before Beyonce filmed Lemonade.

This isn’t the first time Bey has been accused of ripping off work - just last year she was forced to deny stealing her 2013 song XO from a backing singer who tried to sue her for a reported $7million!

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