Photo via Beyonce.com
Beyoncé pretty much broke the net when she dropped her new song and music video for her single “Formation”. It seems like every time Bey drops something, there’s someone coming out claiming that she stole something from them. This time, someone is claiming she stole their footage for the video. Documentarians Abteen Bagheri and Chris Black noticed a few shots from their ‘That B.E.A.T.’ documentary and immediately had questions. Their documentary documents New Orleans’ culture and bounce music. According to them, the footage in the “Formation” video was unreleased.
Chris confirmed that Bey’s team did attempt to license the footage last month, however, it was never solidified. Abteen was one of the people who apparently wanted nothing to do with the involvement of the legal footage transfer. A rep for Beyonce said that the documentary footage was actually obtained legally, and that the person was given proper compensation. The rep went on to say the filmmaker provided the footage and is listed in the credits. There are always two sides to each story, so we are sure they will sort things out. Given the directors tweets (see below), ummmmm we are sure they plan to get to the bottom of it. Reportedly the directors don’t own the rights to the footage anymore. It allegedly belongs to the Sundance Channel now.