Murdered YouTube Star’s Family is Suing Beyonce for Millions of Dollars
Musicians like One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have been accused of copying other artists’ music videos in the past, but often no legal action is ever taken. Beyonce, on the other hand, just got hit with a major lawsuit for using clips of a YouTuber’s vid in her “Formation” MV without permission.
The family of Anthony Barre, a New Orleans rapper and YouTuber known as Messy Mya who was shot and killed in 2010, is suing the 35-year-old singer for over $20 million, claiming that she used exact voice snippets of his “A 27 Piece Huh?” and “Booking the H*es From New Wildings” videos in “Formation” with “no acknowledgment, no credit [and] no remuneration of any kind.”
The lawsuit states that the singer used Mya’s “voice, performance and words from his copyrighted works to create the tone, mood, setting and location of the New Orleans-themed ‘Formation’ video and audio recordings,” so his family wants her to give him credit “as a writer, composer, producer and performer.”
You can hear Messy Mya’s voice saying, “What happened after New Orleans” and “Bitch, I’m back by popular demand,” at the start of the “Formation” video, and then it returns later saying, “Oh yes, I like that,” just over a minute in.
We’re no legal experts or anything, but we feel like the Barre family has a pretty solid case here.
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