201612.20
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Beyonce Faces Copyright Lawsuit Over Use Of Logo In Video

Beyonce is facing a lawsuit in the USA over allegations of copyright infringement in her ‘Drunk In Love’ video. The singer is being sued by Dwayne Walker over the alleged use of the Roc-A-Fella Records logo within the video.

Roc-A-Fella Records was owned by Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z before being acquired by Universal Music Group. Walker states that he owns the copyright in the Roc-A-Fella logo having been hired to create it in 1995. Walker has previously tried to sue Jay-Z, Damon Dash and parent company Universal Music Group over this issue in 2012 when he demanded $7 million in unpaid royalties.

The case against Jay-Z and his associates was dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Walker had alleged that he had drafted a contract, which included copyright provisions, that was signed by Walker and Damon Dash in 1998 but that this contract was subsequently lost. Jay-Z maintained that the logo was in fact designed by an in house artist and Walker was therefore unable to prove his case.

The crux of the current case is that Walker claims that Beyonce failed to obtain his permission before using the Roc-A-Fella logo in her 2013 music video. The logo features only briefly in the video but can be clearly seen. Walker is demanding that he either wants the logo removing from Beyonce’s video or to be paid for its use.

In light of the findings made in the earlier case against Jay-Z and his associates it is hard to see that Walker will be successful in this matter or indeed what his motive may be for pursuing this action. It will be interesting to see how far he gets with this action.