Beyonce & Jay Z Win ‘Drunk In Love’ Sampling Lawsuit

Published: Saturday 19th Dec 2015 by Sam

The bigger the star, the larger the target.

Music’s first couple Beyonce and Jay Z are becoming well acquainted with this old age adage – having both fended off legal claims against them separately this year.

The latest, however, pertained to them both and their 2013 smash ‘Drunk In Love.’

Hungarian singer Mitsou claimed the duo sampled her voice and digitally manipulated it for use on the track without her permission.

That argument was struck down by a judge this week, though.

Find out why below…

Mitsou filed suit for unspecified monetary damages, claiming the “blatant unauthorized use of [her] voice for trade purposes is causing irreparable harm and emotional distress.”

She asserted that her voice (lifted from an original song released in 1997) was used in 1.5 minutes of the 5.5 minute track.

However Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern tossed the case because Mitsou was suing under the state Civil Rights Law, which only protects a “name, portrait, picture or voice used for advertising or trade purposes without written consent.”

Kern wrote that “courts have consistently held that Civil Rights Law does not apply to works of literary and artistic expression.

She added: “it is undisputed that the ‘Drunk in Love’ song and video are works of artistic expression and, pursuant to well established law, they are therefore exempted from the Civil Rights Law.”

Per Page Six, the judge also didn’t side with Mitsou’s argument that the Civil Rights Law applies to the song and video because they were both used in HBO commercial as well as the series promoting Bey and Jay’s ‘On The Run’ tour.

On that particular a point, Kern declared that use “does not vitiate their character as works of artist expression.”

Put simply, a win for The Carters across the board.

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  1. HailBeysus December 19, 2015

    Kii these money hungry always trying it for the King and Queen bank accounts but they just ain’t having it!!! Yaaaassss show these peasants to not fuxk with the CARTERS!!!

    • You tried December 19, 2015

      Of course they did ! They are WINNERS! always have been and always will be!

    • Fatusankoh December 20, 2015

      Omg thanksHailBeysus for saying that for the lazy money hungry haters sit around to take money from hardworking star like bey and Jay I am so happy they win

      • Dee Western December 20, 2015

        How hard working is someone who manages to steal someone else music and style.

  2. Tyler Makiavelli December 19, 2015

    Get with the winning team h*** #CaseClosed

  3. Keepin’ It Real!!! December 19, 2015


    We all know this she-demon is a PROMINENT THIEF within the music industry but I can’t put all the blame on ROBBERYonce’…

    She inherited the talent from her Father but crafted the skill from her Husband! Po’Thang!

    How many songwriters have sued this illiterate slůt already?

    I’m glad Adele has ABSOLUTELY left her and her non-existent sales in the dust – she must be seething so hard. Too bad she’ll never experience a quater of Adeles… or Taylor swifts success. KIIIIIII. 😉

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 19, 2015


    • Tyler Makiavelli December 19, 2015

      Q: How many songwriters have sued this illiterate s*** already?
      A: None, ya big dummy!

    • HailBeysus December 19, 2015



    • DIABETES UNBOTHERED December 19, 2015

      Self titled is unpromoted and r&b and still broke records sting pretty at 5 million… thats close enough to adele and tswift sales to still be considered QUEEN. #UNBOTHERED

    • HailBeysus December 19, 2015

      Define success because if we talking albums you might want to remove T-Swizzle from next to Adeles name. Beyonce has sold 31.5 million albums and taylor has sold 40million. But if we talking over all success Beyonce has more Accolades than both gurls, has managed longer longevity over both girls, she has been crowned one of the greatest living entertainers to ever walk this earth, she one of the best vocalists in the mainstream game Adele and Taylor don’t compare, she has had all of her albums debut at #1!! Also Bey has sold more singles than adele and more records in general. The only thing Adele gots on Bey is Album Sales. Sit down pressed ass bitxh!!

  4. DIABETES UNBOTHERED December 19, 2015


  5. Reminiscent December 19, 2015


    We all know she is a one trick pony, the only mainstrram performer to habe the wordt discography known to man and a damn thief and the entire world knows it too.

    Just look at the Huffington Post and BET FB pages where this story was posted too… The comment have me SCREAMING!

    • Tyler Makiavelli December 19, 2015

      Where’s Anti?

      • Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB December 20, 2015

        Rihanna is keeping hidden so Theifyonce doesn’t strike again and steal her tracks… HA

      • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

        And the award for worst Troll goes to?….
        We see you hiding behind that false barb name. Poor thing got clocked so hard its multi personalities are showing ?????

      • Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB December 20, 2015

        Honey the only thing false is Theifyonce song writing skills LOL

      • Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB December 20, 2015

        Seeing that you mentioned trolls how’s Ivy?

      • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

        Bye CENTIPIED

  6. Mr ? December 19, 2015

    The second video sounds like a drowning cat…. No shade.

    It has no resemblance to the masterpiece that is drunk in love…

    Bye felicia

    • credits December 19, 2015

      Her voice and the all the effects applied to it are in the background.

  7. S****** Blonde December 19, 2015

    Jay-Z and his fake girl.

    • Tyler Makiavelli December 19, 2015

      Enough already Nazi Blonde!

    • Surprise…Dec (2013) December 19, 2015


      • Queen December 20, 2015

        LMAO not “One of Hitler’s thots”!!

  8. Keri Qween December 19, 2015

    Probably settled out of court like most of her court cases involving stealing someone’s work

    • King Mark111 /.\ December 19, 2015

      You know what, I spotified Keri’s music and I was very impressed. She’s pretty good, some of her music from her first albums sounds like what Beyonce is doing now, with her I Wanna Be A Hood Rat when It Counts @ss. lol

  9. RihYonce December 19, 2015

    Stop the track !! BEYONCÉ is filming a video in New Oreleans right now !!!! B6 is coming!!! That single will be here soon !!!

  10. LB December 19, 2015

    So essentially the judge is not denying that Giselle stole the other person’s work but rather the law the said person is suing under does not apply.

    Interest Giselle, interesting.

    • Surprise…Dec (2013) December 19, 2015


    • Tyler Makiavelli December 19, 2015

      Why don’t you be the judge of that. Do the tracks sound similar to you? I’ll wait…

    • cocobutta December 20, 2015

      That was tongue and cheek. She more than knows the word on the street so played up to it in that segment.

  11. King Mark111 /.\ December 19, 2015

    The lady just filed the wrong suit. She’ll be back. They clearly used her vocals. The Carters must have great lawyers, but it’s so simple, STOP taking from others and make your own ish. Beyonce is VERY well known with taking what’s not hers and Jay is worse. But their day will come.

  12. Tyler Makiavelli December 19, 2015

    Lol Its so funny how the KKK and Skinhead love child (S****** blonde), stays shading Beyonce. But goes sooo hard for Elvis AND Madonna. The biggest plagarist in MUSIC HISTORY.
    Anybody else find that ironic?

  13. King Mark111 /.\ December 19, 2015

    I don’t see how hard it is to come up with your own ish.

  14. Taylor Tori Azalea December 19, 2015


  15. Taylor Tori Azalea December 19, 2015

    Next lawsuit coming April 2016

    • King Mark111 /.\ December 19, 2015

      Aren’t you sad? Because because 2 of the 3 of your faves won’t be around anymore. 15 mins is REAL! lol

  16. King Mark111 /.\ December 19, 2015

    Anyways, follow me on twitter. I’m tired of the Pest job ads popping up on here.

  17. LB December 19, 2015

    OMG Mark is on twitter, I now have a reason to comeback. Imma bout to plan my Twitter comeback.

    I am ready to drag the pits out of the gags stans, the Cheryl Flop stan and reunite with the one Mimi stan, oh and Ozzy.

    • LB December 19, 2015

      oh and King Rico Hive

  18. LB December 19, 2015

    “Sam needs to stop worrying about Rihanna and pay his webserver bill. ”

    OOp, yassss b****

    • King Mark111 /.\ December 19, 2015

      And now were have 99 plus one pop ups to make up the lack of hits. lol

  19. cocobutta December 20, 2015

    He came he saw and didn’t conquer #REACH

    Carters got that Anchor love.

  20. HailBeysus December 20, 2015

    Hahahaha Once again the Hive prevails at putting these lessers/low key stans in their place! Always trying to shade The Queen but the Hive QUICK to flip a script and put the peasants back in their cells where they belong! ????

  21. .:: Centurion ::. December 20, 2015

    They must’ve settled out of court like the rest of their 947374547383889 past lawsuits or paid the judge. Let’s not forget that Jay Z and his equally illiterate pørn star of wife won the Big Pimpin’ and XO lawsuits in the same week, which was awfully suspicious, and besides, Beybola has a pile of lawsuits she needs to get to.

    • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

      Oh Centipid! The real kii is Rihanna’s last multiplatinum album to be released was 9 years ago ????? I see why you mad and keep checking up on Queen Bey! Rihanna could get 1000 #1s and still never see another multiplatinum certification ???? ????? Meanwhile Bey continues to scan multiplatinum with music that is left field of Radio airplay!!!

      • blue December 20, 2015

        what music is that? Cause i can name a couple of songs on her last two albums that are very radio friendly… Also rih scans multiplatinum in countless countries and her last two eras have outsold bey’s ww. Dont get the no.1 single hate on bey much tbh, unless she hasnt been able to hit no.1 in any relevant territories…

      • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

        Nope 4 Was different than her previous albums it consisted of almost all ballads. Self-Titled basically had nothing radio friendly besides XO. Rihanna sticks to the current sound of radio airplay and her discography shows it. Also kii the lies!!! Beys Self Titled scanned 5m WW Rihanna’s last 2 eras stalled at 3m her only albums to sell more are Loud 6m and Good Girl Gone Thot 9m. Her lowest album is a gold certification and Honey screw the other countries its obvious Centipid is talking about the biggest music market in the world USA.

      • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

        Ummmm, Self Titled is a DOUBLE PLATINUM album. Beyonce sold 5 mill WW with that release. Rihanna on the other hand, hasn’t seen a multi platniunm album plaque since GGGB. So lets stop while you’re ahead

      • .:: Centurion ::. December 20, 2015

        One word: LOUD

        LOUD was multi-platinum and garnered 3 #1 hits. That’s roughly 60% of Beybola’s 5 #1s which Rihanna surpassed in only 4 years. ???? ????? ????

      • .:: Centurion ::. December 20, 2015

        And GGGB was multi-platinum 7 years ago stupid phāg. ???????

      • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

        One word: LIES. Why you always lying!???
        GGGB is Rihanna’s ONLY 2x platinum album to date. She has 5 platinum albums: for “A Girl Like Me” (2006), “Rated R” (2009), “Loud” (2010), “Talk That Talk” (2011) and “Unapologetic” (2012) PLUS Gold for “Music Of The Sun” (2005). You thought you knew lmao. Do your f****** research!

      • .:: Centurion ::. December 20, 2015

        The truth hurts doesn’t it? LOUD is/was 2X platinum. ?????????

      • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

        @Tyler KIIII I LIVE FOR THAT RECEIPT OF CLOCKING!!! POOR CENTIPIED!!! IT HURTS DOESN’T IT??? IT REALLY HURTS HUH!! It’s okay dust yo self off and comeback again tomorrow, It’ll be a new day to get clocked and dragged ????

      • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

        You aint gotta lie Centurion ! You aint gotta lie!
        Its been 8 years since Rihanna’s had a multiplatinum album. From the looks of how things are going, she won’t bee seeing another one anytime soon either #NoRihLeaseDate kii

    • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

      @Centipid you is a fuxkin lie ?????? Loud stalled at 1.8 million in the states and is still only got a platinum certification not multiplatinum
      Another thing death Thotanna may have 13 #1s that accumulated 56weeks at the minus the 3 featured tracks 46 weeks. Bey had 5 that accumulated 36 weeks showing 70% of weeks spent at that top when compared to Thotanna lmao! Take away the featured tracks and its 95% KIII!!! All as a lead singer on her own tracks with just 5 BOW DOWN HOEE!!!
      (Ps the % are just guestimates but you get the idea reeb hahaha)

  22. blue December 20, 2015

    can the lady sue again? Under the correct law this time or is that it. Cause if that is so then, the law system is f-ed up!

  23. blue December 20, 2015

    imagine a r***** getting off cause the DA charged him under the ‘r**** while wearing dress’ act while the victim was actually wearing pants.

    • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

      Im confused as to how you can compare Beyonce and Jay-Z’s situation, to one that involves committing BODILY harm against somebody. You sound ignorant!

      • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

        @Tyler Bloop you sun-of-a-bitxh iwas just going to write that lol!

      • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

        BAM with a drop of BLOOP! BLOOP! lol

  24. wellz December 20, 2015

    People are so f****** stupid, you can’t settle out of court if the judge rules on the case,the only way this women is taking them back to court is if she requests an appeal. This is basic civics 101, but Beyonce is the dumb one.?

    • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

      No lies spoken! Beyonce may have dropped out in kindergarten but the Navy showing intelligence of a preschoolers level ????

  25. Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

    Rihanna can’t pull a multi platinum album plaque to save her life, or at least she hasn’t been able to for the past 8 YEARS! But you wanna try to come for Queen Bey?
    You stan for a Singles Artist. Stay in your lane, grass hopper!

    • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015


  26. Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

    Oh! And btw, did anybody else realize that Beyonce and Nicki Minaj are the only two black females to go double platinum since 2010?
    Sam, could you do a post about that please!?????

    • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

      Oh yea and to answer your question earlier. No i don’t got beef with the barbs. I don’t really care for Nicki regardlif my fav does. I gave my opinion on a Nicki post and a barb attacked me so I attacked back. The other post i called out the barb because she was coming for Fifth Harmony and calling them flops when clearly they aint. Their Debut did better than their EP. Nicki a flop and her throwing around forged receipts was icing on the cake for me. I also don’t like how she’s referred to as the most successful female rapper. But i think ill steer away from the barbs from now on lol

      • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

        Oh, I feel you! I like Nicki. She and Beyonce seem to be cool with one another. That’s why the Hive and the Barbs find it so eay to coexist with one another. Was just curious about what was going on with you earlier.

  27. HailBeysus December 20, 2015

    Well damn centiped crawled back into his hole real quick after that sclaping lmfao

  28. LB December 20, 2015

    Wait, Giselle still only has 5 number ones? LMAO wow, and she is going on 8 years since her last number one? LMAO

    • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

      Bye LB you saw what happened to Centipied. It crawled back into its Hole with 99 of its legs broken and then some. We left one unbroken as a reminder. ?????

      • LB December 20, 2015

        You have 2 days to get Giselle another #1

      • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

        You have tell May 31 to get Rihanna another multiplatinum album before it hits the 9year mark! Better hope that bitxh gives a release date soon kiii!!!

      • LB December 20, 2015

        What’s the point of a multi-platinum album when you’re a global superstar?

        The real kiii is the supposed “Queen” only has 5 #1 hits and hasn’t had one since soon to be 8 years ago.

    • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

      You know how stupid you sound with that comment. It can be reversed. Why does Beyonce need another #1 single when she was dubbed the Queen of pop and R&B with the rollout of her sophomore album.
      But you know what the Ultimate kii is???
      Bey being dubbed the queen of pop and R&B after just 3 #1 singles and 2 #1 albums. Meanwhile Thotanna has 13 #1 yet can’t be deemed a queen still after all those singles and 7 albums. She holds the stat for the so called Digital Queen yet T-Swizzle seems to be coming for that crown sooner than the Navy thinks KIIII!!!! But carry on with the self drag sis its fun!

    • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

      Centurion wanted “LOUD” to be multiplatinum status so bad kiii #PoorDat#8YearsAgo

      • HailBeysus December 20, 2015

        DEATH!!!! He did too ???? that whole thread was a mess poor thing LMMFGDAO!!!

  29. Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

    You have much bigger fish to fry.
    In the words of the legendary SlayHive “Girl save yourself the stress and take your ass to sleep already. You never know, you might wake up to an album release date.”

  30. Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB December 20, 2015

    Dear Theifyonce PLEASE learn to write your own music stop stealing from others and let the ghost writers go!
    I’m sure if you write your own music you would feel better about it…

  31. Mariah The Legend December 20, 2015

    I dont like her. she keeps stealing from people. this whoooore will never be Mariah.

  32. Messy December 20, 2015

    Death at fagler trying so hard to control haul beysus
    See she has a back bone and doesn’t need to have your hand up her ass like Molly the puppet

    • Tyler Makiavelli December 20, 2015

      @Messy Minion
      Shouldn’t u be somewhere shaving lovebirds back and plucking his c****** hairs?

  33. Fatusankoh December 20, 2015

    Yes God is good I am so happy Bey and Jay won this haters sit around do norting but try to take money from hard working couple like Bey andJay May god continue to bless protect them and their family for life long happy ever lasting long happy married more Sussex in all they do

  34. another taken day something ain’t wrong December 21, 2015

    That. Man shouldn’t had never Sue Beyonce and Jay’s he should of knowing that he was gonna lost the case anyway

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