Beyoncé has had “one of the greatest music videos of all time,” according to Kanye West and so many others, but now there’s trouble ahead for the fabulous pop singer.
Kentucky filmmaker and TV station director Matthew Fulks accused the singer, Sony, Columbia, and Beyoncé’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment of parroting “substantial parts
“ of his short film, PALINOIA, in order to make the trailer for LEMONADE. LEMONADE is the title of her newest album released two months ago, and the music video for her song LEMONADE apparently features imagery that is similar to Fulks’ six month long project.
According to Entertainment News, Fulks described a series of emails allegedly connecting his film with Bryan Younce, the senior vice president of video and content production at Columbia, Beyoncé’s currently signed contract. He stated he was contacted in July 2015 about an opportunity to produce a video for the duo MS MR. According to Fulks, his emails were linked to the filmmaker’s work, including PALINOIA, and then forwarded to Younce.
Younce then contacted Fulks with an invitation to “submit additional storyboards and development plan for consideration by Colombia,” Five month later though, filming for the LEMONADE trailer began in December 2015.
Fulks now claims that particular elements of 39 seconds of the trailer are extremely similar, according to TMZ news. Elements such as the graffiti on the walls, shots composed of red and black, the use of parking garages, and even the position which Beyoncé is lying her head down for an aesthetic view, has caught Fulks’ attention. He even stated that the poetry voice over and moods of the two videos are similar in content and style.
“The number of aesthetic decisions included in Plaintiff’s PALINOIA Work that are parroted in Defendants’ LEMONADE Trailer demonstrates that the LEMONADE Trailer is substantially similar to the PALINOIA Work,” according to Fulks’ claim. “The misappropriated content includes both the particular elements that the Plaintiff chose to comprise the PALINOIA Work and the coordination and arrangement of those particular elements.”
This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has been sued. According to Dailymail, Beyoncé was accused of stealing her hit song, XO, from a background singer, who wanted $7 million in damages back in June 2015, stating that he was the original writer of the song and didn’t get permission nor credit for her using it. Another allegation occurred back in 2013, when a Hungarian woman sued Beyoncé, Jay Z, and producer Timbaland for using her song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem” at the start of “Drunk in Love”, according to Time magazine. Weirdly enough, Beyoncé seemed to have escaped those allegations with no trouble at all.
Now, Fulks seeks profits from the alleged exploitation of his short film PALINOLIA and wants proceeds from Lemonade as well. Beyoncé nor any representative for Parkwood Entertainment has not commented yet on the allegations. However, it’s can certainly be speculated that her legal team is now getting into formation and ready to fight this next claim.