An independent filmmaker is suing Beyoncé for copyright infringement claiming that the trailer for her “Lemonade” HBO special is nothing more than a copied version of of his short film, PALINOIA. In documents filed in federal district court in New York, filmmaker Matthew Fulks alleges that nine visual similarities amounting to 39 seconds of the 60-second trailer are similar to images in his seven-and-a-half minute film. Those images include "parking garage," "feet on the street" and "side-lit ominous figures."
Fulks claims that these similarities and the way the images are combined mean Beyoncé and her team misappropriated his film's total concept and feel. He also claims that in the past he was approached by Columbia Records, also named in the suit, to possibly direct a video, so people involved in the Beyoncé video had access to his film.
Fulks, who also is suing Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and Sony Music, is seeking unspecified damages based on a full accounting of the money Lemonade has generated.
The lawsuit at hand comes on the heels of a $7.1 million copyright infringement lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court in 2014 by singer Ahmad Javon Lane. Lane sued Beyoncé claiming her song "X.O." ripped off an original composition titled "XOXO" that he shared with one of her backup dancers in 2013.