Music Mondays – Beyonce denies copyright infringement in $20m lawsuit over “Formation”

Beyoncé denied a slew of copyright infringement allegations in a new response to a lawsuit filed by the estate of Anthony Barre, better known as the late New Orleans rapper and YouTube sensation, Messy Mya. In February, the estate sued Beyoncé for $20 million over samples of audio from Barre’s YouTube clips, which were featured in the video for the Lemonade single, “Formation.” 

In April, Beyoncé’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds of fair use. However, a judge denied their plea in July, ruling that while the audio snippets were short, they were of “qualitatively significant” use.

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In their new filing, Beyoncé’s legal team invoked an array of defenses, claiming the singer had been “granted a license permitting” her to use the audio clips and arguing the use of the audio was “reasonable and justified.”

– Except from article written by Jon Blistein from RollingStone.com. See the full article here

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