Beyoncé has been unable to block a $20million lawsuit regarding a voice recording of the late YouTube star, Messy Mya (real name Anthony Barre), who was murdered in 2010. In the star’s Formation video, several quotes from Mya’s YouTube video can be heard. According to Billboard, Anthony’s sister Angel successfully made the case that Beyonce’s use of the clips were “qualitatively significant” to the song, and were “not transformative.”

The publication also reported that U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown, who is presiding over the case, said that Beyoncé’s motion to dismiss the case for failure to state a claim is “viewed with disfavour and is rarely granted.” In her 66-page decision, she added: “Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged in their complaint that defendants did not change or alter the ‘expressive content or message’ of Anthony Barré’s YouTube videos, but rather used unmodified clips without adding anything new.”
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