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Beyonce faces $20M copyright suit from YouTube star’s estate

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    Beyonce performs at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland on Nov. 4. Beyonce was sued in federal court on Feb. 6 for $20 million by the estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star over the use of his voice in her song “Formation.”

NEW ORLEANS >> The estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star has filed a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Beyonce over the use of his voice in her “Formation” video.

The estate of Anthony Barre, who went by the name Messy Mya on YouTube, claims in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans federal court Monday that Barre’s voice is featured in the introduction to the video. The complaint alleges Barre’s estate has received no payment or acknowledgment.

Barre was fatally shot in 2010.

In addition to Beyonce, the suit names several songwriters, the video’s director and companies owned by Warner Music Group. Representatives for Beyonce and WMG didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • This is a basic principle in the media industry. Nothing goes on film, video or other media without gaining authorization from the originator of the product. I’m sure Beyoncé knew nothing about this because someone on the record company staff is paid to do this. But since they failed to do their job, the estate should be compensated.

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