A YouTube singer’s estate has sued Beyoncé for $20 million, claiming the former Destinys Child lead singer used a copyrighted material without permission in her song “Formation.”
Attorneys for the late New Orleans singer who was fatally shot in 2010 said their client’s voice was used with no acknowledgement or financial compensations.
Jay Z’s wife wasn’t the only defendant named by Anthony Barre’s lawyers. A host of songwriters and notably, the video’s director are expected to cough out at least $20 million in damages.
A few companies owned by Warner Music Group are also included in the claim for royalties.
The case was reportedly filed in New Orleans federal court earlier this week.
Anthony Barre, popularly known by his YouTube moniker Messy Mya, may posthumously join the likes of Matthew Fulks, an independent filmmaker who claimed in 2016 that the pop star’s “Lemonade” was a rip off from his short film titled “Palinoia.” The lawsuit was settled out of court.
Another musician named Ahmed Javon Lane claimed Beyoncé copied his original song “XOXO” for her “X.O.” The claimant demanded a whooping $7.1 million from her, saying he shared the song with one of Bey’s backup dancers way back in 2013.
Ahmed was unlucky to have his suit discarded by the presiding judge.