Beyoncé Is Getting Sued for Using the Roc-A-Fella Logo in “Drunk in Love” Video

  • By Olamide Onipede

Beyoncé is being sued by clothing designer Dwayne Walker over the use of the Roc-A-Fella logo in her 2013 music video for “Drunk in Love,” according to court documents reviewed by Billboard. In multiple lawsuits in recent years, Walker claimed his design provided the basis of the logo for Jay Z, Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke’s record label in 1995. The suit was first reported by TMZ.

Dwayne Walker, who claims he designed the famous Roc-A-Fella logo, is suing Beyoncé for prominently displaying it in the video. The logo is shown for only a fraction of a second in the clip’s 5:20 and 5:28 marks. Walker claims he owns the rights to that logo, according to TMZ, and is asking for the scenes featuring the logo to be removed, in addition to an undisclosed amount of money for damages.

Although Jay Z isn’t named in the lawsuit, Walker did try to sue Jay Z over the logo in 2012. He wanted $7 million for alleged breach of contract and copyright infringement, claiming he designed the basis for the logo in 1995 and was entitled to royalties. The judge dismissed the claim back in September on the grounds that there was little evidence of a copyright contract ever existing.

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