Directors Allege That Beyonce Stole Footage For "Formation" Video
They say Bey didn't get permission before using footage from their documentary.
Beyoncé stopped the world when she released a new single and video out of nowhere over the weekend. Slayage occurred, wigs were snatched, and "Formation" basically became the best song of 2016 so far.
Not everyone is feeling Bey's new track, though. Shortly after the vid's release, directors Chris Black and Abteen Bagheri accused Beyonce and her team of stealing their footage. According to Black and Bagheri, Bey used clips from their 2012 documentary That B.E.A.T. without permission.
"It's one thing to make a career off referencing/copying, but just to take footage from our lens and say you're the director?" Bagheri said in a series of tweets he has since deleted. "The issue is passing off someone else's work as your own. Preserve the sanctity of the craft... Don't just plop footage in your video!"
Ok, but like? Beyonce did go through the proper channels before using the footage. Nokia and Sundance own the rights to the footage, and gave Bey's team permission to use it.
"The documentary footage was used with permission and licensed from the owner of the footage. They were given proper compensation," Bey's reps told Entertainment Weekly. "The footage was provided to us by the filmmaker's production company. The filmmaker is listed in the credits for additional photography direction. We are thankful that they granted us permission."
Melina Matsoukas, who directed "Formation," also gave the two a shoutout on Twitter.
Bagheri later deleted his Twitter rant and thanked Bey's team for the shoutout. But perhaps double-check before you go ranting to the rest of the world.
So, now that that's settled - can we let Beyoncé live, please?