Beyoncé Is Getting Sued for Using the Roc-A-Fella Logo in “Drunk in Love” Video
At around the 5:20 mark of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” video, Bey is seen hugging Jay Z as she clutches onto a studded Roc-A-Fella chain. And that moment is now at the center of a new lawsuit.
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.