While Beyonce celebrates her Lemonade album going platinum tonight, her camp & lawyers are now having to take on a new lawsuit stemming from the album’s trailer.
According to Hollywood Reporter, independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks is suing the pop singer for allegedly copying his short film, “Palinoia”, for her visual trailer of Lemonade prior to its release. In the lawsuit, Fulks says he cited nine similarities between his piece and her minute-long teaser.
Fulks claims that he was contacted by manager Chris Thomas to produce a video for MS MR, a duo also signed to Columbia, who forwarded the content to their manager, Brian Beck, who then sent this material to Younce. Younce followed up with Fulks at the end of the month and encouraged him to “submit additional storyboards and adevelopment plan for consideration by Columbia.” The on-record communication ended there, five months before the filming for Lemonade‘s trailer allegedly began.
Fulk cites that his “aesthetic decisions” were “parroted” in Beyoncé’s film, including graffiti, title screens, and the use of parking garages in his lawsuit. He also claims the use of voiceover poetry as another similarity between their works.
He requests a trial by jury and that Beyoncé and her camp provide “any and all profits derived from and attributable to their exploitation of PALINOIA including profits from the sales of the LEMONADE Album in all media, from all sources, worldwide.”
Check out both Lemonade and Fulk’s trailer below.
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