In June, Matthew Fulks filed a lawsuit against Beyoncé, Parkwood Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Recording Corp. He claimed that Emmy nominated visual album Lemonade and its trailer copied nine elements of his short film Palinoia; however, on Wednesday a New York federal judge dismissed the case.
Fulks claim originated from the fact that he sent a link of his short film to a Senior Vice President at Columbia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beyonce’s attorneys fired back in July, saying those elements — such as “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “parking garage” and “side-lit ominous figures” — are textbook examples of what does not constitute copyright infringement. And it seems like the judge, Federal Judge Jed Rakoff, agreed.
This was statement was written by Judge Rakoff: “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.”