In the music industry there has been a surge of claims made against songwriters citing infringement of copyright.
A recent addition to this list was a claim made by Nathan Fulks, against Beyonce, stating that her new album ÂLemonadeÂ infringed the copyright protection vested in his work ÂPalinoiaÂ.
Fulks claimed that there were nine visual similarities between his seven minute short film and the film and trailer made to promote ÂLemonadeÂ.
These similarities were mainly based on the Âtotal look and feelÂ of the two works as well as some audio similarities.
This claim however was dismissed by U.S District Court Judge Rakoff who went through each detail of FulkÂs claim citing why the similarities highlighted were not enough for copyright purposes.
The Judge who sits in the U.S District Court of the Southern District of New York, also made comments on the differing concepts of the two works, FulkÂs being based on a Caucasian male suffering in the wake of an unexplained failed relationship, with no reconciliation. Whereas, ÂLemonadeÂ portrayed an African-American womanÂs journey in her relationship through stages of suspicion, denial, anger, and reconciliation.
The fact that the both were in reference to a struggling relationship was not enough to deem them conceptually similar.
Rakoff was so sure of the lack of similarity, he deemed it unnecessary for the case to be heard by a Jury as it was a clear cut case where no jury could find substantial similarity. Â