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Beyonce Lemonade copyright case fizzles out

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Life may have given him lemons, but apparently he didn’t make Lemonade…

A man who claimed that the music video for Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade was ripped off from his own short film has been shut down by a New York judge.

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff threw out Matthew Fulks’ copyright infringement lawsuit, saying he would explain his reasoning later.

In June, the Louisville filmmaker filed the lawsuit against Beyonce and her management company, Parkwood Entertainment, as well as Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Recording Corp.

Fulks said the producers of Beyonce’s Lemonade copied parts of his 2014 short film, Palinoia, alleging that Lemonade was produced months after a senior vice president at Columbia had been sent a link to his film.

Representatives for Beyonce and the corporations didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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