Before Super Bowl Halftime Show, Beyoncé’s Team Responds to Plagiarism Claims Over ‘Formation’ Video Footage

Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Recording artist Beyonce speaks during a press conference for the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at the New Orleans Convention Center.  Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Recording artist Beyonce speaks during a press conference for the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Beyonce has responded to claims by two filmmakers that she used footage from a documentary they made in her new ‘Formation’ music video without their permission.


‘Formation’ was released on Saturday, with its video shot in both Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Following the video’s premiere online, filmmaker Chris Black and director Abteen Bagheri took to Twitter to claim that the clip included footage from their 2014 documentary about New Orleans called That B.E.A.T.

Black wrote: “New Beyonce video used hella clips from the doc I produced and directed by @abteen …but why?!?!”

Bagheri added: “I’m not mad. It’s the sad reality of the music business. Doesn’t affect my friends’ and my work, but not cool.”

Following the allegations, Beyonce’s representatives issued a statement to The Fader claiming that they did indeed have permission to use the footage.

The statement reads: “The documentary footage was used with permission and licensed from the owner of the footage. They were given proper compensation. The footage was provided to us by the filmmaker’s production company. The filmmaker is listed in the credits for additional photography direction. We are thankful that they granted us permission.”

Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/beyonce/91300#K4B1TFDslChVhmAD.99

SOURCE: NME – Luke Morgan Britton