Legal action against Beyonce for using Roc-A-Fella Records logo

Updated: Dec 22, 2016, 10:26 IST | Agencies

American singer Beyonce is facing legal action over the alleged use of husband Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records logo in her 'Drunk In Love' video

Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce Knowles

American singer Beyonce is facing legal action over the alleged use of husband Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records logo in her 'Drunk In Love' video.

According to legal papers obtained by Hollywood celebrity news website TMZ, Dwayne Walker, who claimed to have been hired to create the logo in 1995, maintains that he owns the copyright to the original design and alleges the superstar failed to obtain his permission before featuring it in her 2013 promo, which also stars Jay Z.

Walker previously tried to sue Jay Z, his former business partner Damon Dash, and executives at Universal Music Group over the issue in 2012, demanding $7 million in unpaid royalties but the suit was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

At the time, Judge Carter ruled Walker's testimony was too weak. Now, Walker is trying to take Beyoncé to court.

Judge Carter also said that Walker waited too long to file a copyright claim, taking five years instead of three after learning he was allegedly owed royalties.

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