Beyonce Lawsuit Tossed Out Of Court

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NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Big win for Beyonce – A Federal Judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit by an independent filmmaker who claimed she copied elements of his work for her visual album ‘Lemonade’.

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff  tossed out the Kentucky man’s claims that the trailer accompanying Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” used ideas from his 2014 short film, “Palinoia.”

In June, Matthew Fulks, a Louisville filmmaker filed the lawsuit against Beyonce and the singer’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment, along with Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Recording Corp.

Fulks said the producers of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” copied parts of his film after a senior vice president at Columbia had been sent a link to his film.

The judge has yet to reveal his reasons of dismissing the suit. Lawyers also didn’t immediately comment.

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