Beyonce received a major victory in court, according to The Hollywood Reporter. On Wednesday (Aug. 31), a New York federal judge threw out a copyright-infringement case against the singer by a filmmaker who accused her of stealing his work for Lemonade.
Matthew Faulks sued Beyonce and record label claiming that her Lemonade trailer copies many elements of his 2015 short film titled “Palinoia.” The auteur believed that the R&B superstar’s 39-second clip mimicked images of his movie like dimly-lit parking garages, graffiti-covered walls and other abstract images from his film.
Beyonce filed a countersuit insisting her Lemonade has a different narrative than Fulks’ movie. She maintains that her visual project portrays an “African-American woman who progresses through stages of suspicion, denial, anger and, ultimately, reconciliation in her relationship.” On the flip side, “Palinoia” is a depressing movie about a “white man who is distressed in the wake of a failed relationship.”
It appears U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff agreed and he granted Queen Bey’s motion to dismiss the case. The judge didn’t offer a full explanation as to why only writing, “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 judgment will be entered.”
Either way, a win is a win. For Beyonce, she can now move forward and celebrate her wonderful project in peace.