Has Beyonce copied someone’s work? That’s what filmmaker Matthew Fulks is alleging in his lawsuit against the star singer.
The independent filmmaker has filed a suit against the singer, Sony, Columbia and Beyonce’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment. He has accused them of copying significant portions of his short film titled “Palinoia” for her recent “Lemonade.”
According to LA Times Fulks said that his 2014 short film “Palinoia” was seen by the members of the team working on Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” He further accuses the team of making a ‘visually similar’ “Lemonade” video some months later. The similarities refer to the mood, setting, pace and fonts.
E! Online elaborates that Fulks was in touch with Chris Thomas in 2015. Fulks says that Thomas contacted him to produce a video for MS MR. Thomas forwarded his work to Brian Beck. Beck is the manager for MS MR. Beck forwarded these to Bryan Younce, Senior Vice President of Video and Content Production, Columbia.
According to Fulks, Younce asked him to submit additional storyboards and a development plan for Columbia to consider. Five months later, “Lemonade” had started filming in December. It was released in following April.
Fulks filed his law suit in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. It notes nine similar instances, equaling to around 39 seconds out of the 65-second “Lemonade.” Fulks’ is suing those involved with “Lemonade” for monetary damages. However, the amount is not known as of now.
Beyonce, Parkwood Entertainment, Columbia and the executives involved have not yet commented on the matter. “Lemonade” has been making headlines, ever since it has been released. The biggest headline-maker was her “Becky with Good Hair” line alleging Jay Z’s affair.
Beyonce also hit the headlines when she released her own line of clothing called Ivy Park. Names were thrown around as fans and tabloids tried to guess who the Becky was. However, many wondered if the cheating hint was fake. Beyonce also hit the headlines when she released her own line of clothing called Ivy Park. Her line was an instant sell-out.