Beyoncé is facing legal action over the alleged use of Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records logo in her ‘Drunk In Love’ video.
According to legal papers obtained by TMZ, Walker maintains he owns the copyright to the original Roc-A-Fella design and alleges the superstar failed to obtain his permission before featuring it in her 2013 promo, which also stars Jay Z.
Dwayne Walker previously claimed he was hired to create the logo in 1995 and 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 (£5.6 million) in unpaid royalties.
Jay Z, co-founder Damon Dash, Roc-A-Fella and its parent company, Universal Music Group, denied Walker’s claims, saying the logo was designed by an in-house art director.
His suit was dismissed in September due to a lack of evidence, but now Walker is trying to take take Beyoncé to court.
At the time Judge Carter ruled Walker’s testimony was too weak.
He wrote in his decision: “This leaves only plaintiff’s own self-serving testimony that he drafted the contract, that he and Dash signed it, and that he lost track of it in 1998.”
Judge Carter also said that Walker waited too long to file a copyright claim, taking five years, instead of three, to sue Roc-A-Fella after learning he was allegedly owed royalties.
Beyoncé recently urged husband Jay Z to patch things up with Kanye West following the rapper’s recent hospitalisation.
The rapper was hospitalised “for his own health and safety” after suffering from “severe sleep deprivation”.
West’s relationship with his former mentor and friend has appeared strained recently. At a concert in Sacramento he cut his set short after just 30 minutes following a rant about Beyoncé and Jay Z. During the rant, he urged Jay to call him and claimed that his fellow rapper has the means to have him killed.
West and Jay Z released their collaborative album ‘Watch The Throne’ in 2011. However, West recently said that there will be no follow-up to the LP.