Beyoncé ‘Lemonade’ Lawsuit Dismissed

A judge rules that Beyonce did not plagiarize the short film 'Palinoia.'

By Robyn Collins

On Wednesday (Sept. 1), a New York federal judge dismissed indie filmmaker Matthew Fulks’ lawsuit that accused Beyoncé of copying his work for her award-winning visual album Lemonade, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Fulks sued the pop diva in June, claiming the visual album and its trailer copied nine different elements of his short film, Palinoia.

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Beyonce’s attorneys responded quickly in July, explaining that the elements mentioned in the suit — such as “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “parking garage” and “side-lit ominous figures”—are universal cinematic images that don’t constitute copyright infringement.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff agreed and granted the singer’s motion to dismiss.

Rakoff hasn’t published the specific reasons for his ruling. “Upon full consideration of the parties’ briefs and oral arguments, the Court grants the defendants’ motion,” he said. “A memorandum explaining the reasons for this ruling will issue in due course, at which time final judgment will be entered.”

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