Back in February, the family of Anthony Barré, popularly known as Messy Mya, filed a suit against Beyonce for using his voice in the song Formation. Messy Mya was murdered in 2010 and Beyonce used samples of his voice posthumously with no citation or permission given. Rather than break off a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for Mya’s family, Beyonce filed to dismiss the case and went on about her business of being the richest of bitches.
Well on Tuesday, Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown opened up a giant can of “Not Today Satan!” on Beyonce and denied the request for dismissal. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday denied Bey’s motion to dismiss the copyright claim on fair use grounds — but she’s not buying Barre’s argument that the doctrine doesn’t apply to digital sampling of a sound recording.
At this stage facts alleged by the plaintiff are taken as true, and U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown 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. She also notes that a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, like this one, is “viewed with disfavor and is rarely granted.”
In other words, girls may run the world, but Beyonce does not own it. The suit, filed by Angel Barre who is Messy Mya’s sole heir, sought $20 million dollars in damages. Shit, Beyonce probably spent that much on the shock collar she had custom made to fit over Jay’s genitals. Beyonce’s motion also sought to deny Angel of statutory damages and attorney’s fees should her dismissal be denied. Judge Brown also shat upon that. THR reports:
Brown denied the motion in its entirety, finding that Beyoncé ‘s lawyers failed to show that Barre’s requests are “‘redundant, immaterial, impertinent or scandalous matter, such that striking it from the record is proper.”
Sorry, Beyonce, Judge Brown is not about to cut an apology album and kiss the hem of your garment. Judge Brown is not here to play. Judge Brown is a lady judge, and everybody knows lady judges don’t put up with any mess in their courtrooms. If Bey doesn’t want to pay for what she stole from Messy Mya, she better pump and dump and call the sitter, because Angel is about to have her day in court.