Beyonce Responds To ‘Drunk In Love’ Lawsuit
theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Beyonce is responding to the legal battle over her ‘Drunk in Love’ music video, which she was hit with a federal lawsuit due to Jay Z wearing a Roc-A-Fella chain. The singer is demanding the case be tossed out of court ASAP.
Here’s the latest: On May 15th, Beyonce legal team headed to court and filed a motion to dismiss Dwayne Walker’s entire lawsuit calling the claims “baseless”. The mega singer, who is reportedly giving birth to twins soon, explains her music video is around six minutes, shot in black-and-white and features her effortlessly dancing on the beach. The legal docs explains,
She is joined briefly by Mr. Carter at the end of the music video, who is wearing chains around his neck—one of which may contain a large metallic rendering of the trademark for his record label, Roc-A-Fella Records (the film is grainy and the pendant is only briefly visible). It is the four-second appearance of this chain that is the basis for this lawsuit.
Beyonce explains the lawsuit is all over a few seconds of her husband wearing the Roc-A-Fella chain, which she calls baseless. She points out the man has tried to make this claim before – with a New York court already rejecting his lawsuit against Jay Z only months before filing this suit – and is demanding the judge side with her and thrown out the entire lawsuit and award him nothing.
Here’s the backstory: Dwayne Walker, the man who created the legendary Roc-A-Fella logo,
sued Beyonce accusing her of copyright infringement, for featuring her husband’s ex-record label logo in the music video they both starred in.
Jay Z and Damon Dash founded Roc-A-Fella back in 1996 and ran the record label together until Jay left and signed a deal with Live Nation in 2009.
Walker says he owns the artwork and copyrighted the logo with the United States Copyright Office. Despite his copyright, he says Beyonce used the logo prominently throughout her music video without his permission.
He points out the video has been viewed over 398 million times and the singer has also publicly displayed the logo on several other occasions, including promotional photos and other photo shoots.
Walker claims he has notified Beyonce of the infringement and she hasn’t ceased the infringing use of his work. He sued demanding an injunction against Beyonce from using the Roc-A-Fella logo permanently, a court order forcing Beyonce to deliver for impoundment all copies of the logo in her possession, along with unspecified damages and attorney fees.