Surprise surprise, Jay Z and Beyonce come out on top…again.
It was reported that Jay and Bey were being sued by Hungarian singer Mitsou for using and manipulating her voice without her permission for their hit single “Drunk In Love”. According to Page Six, Mitsou didn’t win because the song is considered a “constitutionally protected work of art”. The sample she claims that was unjustifiably used was from her 1977 song “Gypsy Life On The Road”.
Mitsou sued for monetary damages stating that “the blatant unauthorized use of [her] voice for trade purposes is causing irreparable harm and emotional distress”.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Cynthia Kern threw out the case because Mitsou was suing under the Civil Rights Law which only protects a name, portrait, picture or voice used for advertising or trade purposes without written concent. Kern determined that “Drunk In Love” is a work of artistic expression therefore exempt from the Civil Rights Law.