Beyoncé Hit With $20M 'Formation' IP Suit Over Sampling

By Dorothy Atkins (February 7, 2017, 8:08 PM EST) -- The estate of a deceased YouTube star hit Beyoncé and Sony Music Entertainment with a $20 million infringement suit in Louisiana federal court Monday, alleging they misappropriated the star's copyrighted works to make Beyoncé's hit song "Formation."

The suit alleges Beyoncé Knowles Carter, as she is referred to in the complaint, sampled the "unique, gravelly voice, cadence and words" of YouTube celebrity Anthony Barré — who was known to his fans as "Messy Mya" — in a way that an ordinary listener would instantly recognize, surpassing the realm of generic coincidence.

"The verbatim copying of Mr. Barré's voice and words by defendants...

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