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Beyonce faces $20M copyright suit from YouTube star's estate

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/9/2017
FILE - This Nov. 4, 2016 file photo shows Beyonce performing at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Beyonce was sued in federal court on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, for $20 million by the estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star over the use of his voice in her song “Formation.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Nov. 4, 2016 file photo shows Beyonce performing at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Beyonce was sued in federal court on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, for $20 million by the estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star over the use of his voice in her song “Formation.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star has filed a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Beyonce over the use of his voice in her song "Formation."

The estate of Anthony Barre, who went by the name Messy Mya on YouTube, claims in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans federal court Monday that Barre's voice is featured in the introduction to "Formation." The complaint alleges Barre's estate has received no payment or acknowledgment.

Barre was fatally shot in 2010.

Barre's estate is demanding at least $20 million in damages, royalties

In addition to Beyonce, the suit names several songwriters, the video's director and companies owned by Warner Music Group. Representatives for Beyonce and WMG didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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