The copyright claim made against BeyoncÃ©Âs hit ÂFormationÂ rumbles on, with the star formally denying the claims.
The copyright claim was brought in February 2017 by the estate of deceased rapper Anthony Barre, known as Messy Mya.
The estate claimed that BeyoncÃ© had used statements made by Barre within the song and video, and this infringed their copyright.
According to the claim, the ÂFormationÂ video and song begin with the voice of BarrÃ© saying Âwhat happened at the New OrleansÂ and Âbitch IÂm back, by popular demandÂ. They also include BarrÃ© saying Âoh yeah babyÂ.
In April, Beyonce made an attempt to dismiss the claim seeking approval that the use was ÂfairÂ and therefore falling under the exception for copyright infringement.
This attempt to dismiss was denied.
Therefore, the case moves on.
In her latest response to the claim, Beyonce denies all claims of copyright infringement and puts forward 25 defences. These defences include that the use was fair, she was acting under a license and the defences of unclean hands.
The estate are claiming for damages, injunctive relief and attorneyÂs costs amongst other things.
It will be interesting to see how this claim continues and will provide an interesting look in to US copyright law.