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Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Lawsuit is Dismissed by Judge

Beyoncé has had an extremely busy year, especially with Lemonade gaining her EIGHT VMAs recently.

However, her album put her in hot water as it was alleged by independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks that she had stolen some of his short film, Palinoia.

A lawsuit came about in June after Fulks went on to try and sue the Single Ladies singer, Sony, Columbia and her Parkwood Entertainment.


Fulks claimed that Lemonade and its accompanying trailer copied nine scenes from Palinoia.

It was also alleged that several people from Beyoncé’s team had access to Fulks’ short film which he had supposedly sent them prior to the album’s creation.

However, Beyoncé’s lawyers hit back and disputed the sections in dispute back in July

The sections included “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “parking garage” and “side-lit ominous figures.”

They stated that these scenes did not fall under copyright infringement.

Beyoncé’s lawyers also went on to point out that the stories for each film in the Lemonade film are completely different to Fulks’ independent project.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is a film which depicts “an African-American woman who progresses through stages of suspicion, denial, anger and, ultimately, reconciliation in her relationship.”

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Meanwhile, Palinoia is about “a white man who is distressed in the wake of a relationship.”

U.S. Distrct Judge Rakoff agreed with Beyoncé and her team and threw out the case on Wednesday.

The judge did not go into detail about his decision, he simply wrote: “Upon full consideration of the parties’ briefs and oral arguments, the Court grants defendants’ motion.”

“A memorandum explaining the reasons for this ruling will issue in due course, at which time final judgement will be entered.”

We can only assume that Beyoncé is extremely happy about the decision.

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Written by Laura

25, Marvel nerd, wine lover