Beyonce sued for using Messy Mya spoken word on Formation

A Louisiana federal judge has denied a motion by Beyonce’s lawyers to dismiss a suit by the estate of the late Anthony Barre, who is also known as Messy Mya.

Spoken word from Messy Mya is featured on Beyonce’s hit song Formation. The estate is, therefore, suing the singer for copyright infringement, among other things.

Barre’s voice is heard on the track saying, “What happened at the New Orleans,” “B**ch, I’m back by popular demand” and “Oh yeah baby. I like that.” His sister, Angel Barre, says that the samples infringe the rights in two works of her brother’s performance art, “A 27 Piece Huh?” and “Booking the Hoes from New Wildings”.

The judge found that Barre has made a case that Beyonce’s use of the clips was not transformative and that, although the samples were short, it was a ‘qualitatively significant’ use.

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