When Beyoncé Gives You Lemonade, File Lawsuit

On June 8, 2016, Beyoncé was sued in a copyright infringement action by independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks. Fulks alleges that nine visual similarities amounting to 39 seconds of Beyoncé’s 60-second Lemonade trailer for an HBO special are substantially similar to images from Fulks’ short film PALINOIA. Fulks, who is also suing Parkwood Entertainment, Sony Music, and Columbia Records, is seeking unspecified  damages based on money generated by Lemonade.

Fulks alleges PALINOIA had been seen by a member of Beyoncé’s team, who subsequently …

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