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Choreographer Speaks Out! Beyonce Facing Legal Action Over Copycat Moves In Countdown Music Video!

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In the video above, you will see blatant similarities between Beyonce's Countdown video and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Rosas danst Rosas and Achterland.

The Belgian star believes Beyonce distinctly copied her work, and is currently in talks with her legal team to discuss the best course.

Keersmaeker publicly addressed the issue, stating:

I'm not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing. What's rude about it is that they don't even bother about hiding it. They seem to think they could do it because it's a famous work. When I saw the actual video, I was struck by the resemblance of Beyonce's clip not only with the movements from Rosas danst Rosas but also with the costumes, the set and even the shots from the film by Thierry De Mey. There are protocols and consequences to such actions, and I can't imagine she and her team are not aware of it.

Like we said before, this isn't the first time Beyonce has been in trouble for replicating others original work. After Single Ladies came out, she came clean about her dance moves being inspired by a musical.

We loveLOVElove Beyonce, but if you watch the video above, you can clearly see the imitation. Most artists, from time to time, will be inspired by bits and pieces of others' works, but this is practically a carbon copy, is it not??

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27 comments to “Choreographer Speaks Out! Beyonce Facing Legal Action Over Copycat Moves In Countdown Music Video!”



  1. 1

    She stole the "spirit finger" moves from bring it on too! LMFAO



  2. 2

    Yes this is a blatant copy but I don't think Beyonce or her team would be stupid as to think this wouldn't come out. They used it because it went with the theme of the video, and they did a great job paying homage to it.

    Her Director came out and said, right when the video was released, that she gave Beyonce German inspired dance choreography. There it is!

    My guess is there will be no terrible legal consequences.



  3. 3

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  4. 4

    Dare I even mention Gaga..?



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  6. 6

    wouldn't it be her choreographer?



  7. 7

    this is ten seconds worth out of a full 4 minute video….this isn't plagiarism so this dumb bitch has no case.



  8. 8

    Yeah her choreographer should be shot. if it's Frank Gaston he should be shot twice.



  9. 9

    and u are spreading this BULL so much…yet how many times has this happened to lady gaga and you say nothing? Beyonce has originality…Gaga is a pieced together hodge pdge from every single popstar before her. u r so full of shit.



  10. 10

    Re: dueces – Right, I'm with dueces, wouldn't it be the choreographer who gets sued and not actually Bay? Even though it's Beyonce's video she is only entitled to give a % of any profit the "video" makes and credit Anne Teresa with the work.



  11. 11

    Home girl from Belgium she be honored that Bey is revamping her tired looking routine.



  12. 12

    The thing is, Beyonce doesn’t have to do this. She’s a talented and creative girl. She can come up with her own stuff. This reflects very badly on her and this is coming from someone who is a huge fan. I want to see her do well and I know she can do better than this. This should be the last and final time this ever happens in her career. She’s talented enough to come up with her own concepts. I want some originality. Enough with the pilfering.



  13. 13

    There seems to be a trend here Beyonce. All is not what it seems. Past dance moves pilfered, interesting baby bump….presenting yourself in a classy way when speaking publicly but then true colors shining through behind the scenes. Just get real already. It must take a lot of energy to not be yourself. you must be so tired girl.



  14. 14

    Re: lacey1

    the point is she isnt creative and neither is her team, they steal from other people who are hoping that her fans dont notice do to obscurity or just being to young to remember etc. and when she is caught she says "i was inspired by" thats such a load of Sh*t. inspired by is a pr spin on damn they caught me how can i save face.



  15. 15

    hey perez doesnt copy other gossip sites stories and just reposts them on his site, no no he is inspired by their story



  16. 16

    OK, Beyonce just released this statement. Take it how you will:

    “Clearly, the ballet ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was one of many references for my video ‘Countdown.’ It was one of the inspirations used to bring the feel and look of the song to life.I was also paying tribute to the film, ‘Funny Face’ with the legendary Audrey Hepburn. My biggest inspirations were the ’60s, the ’70s, Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol, Twiggy and Diana Ross. I’ve always been fascinated by the way contemporary art uses different elements and references to produce something unique.”



  17. 17

    I love me some beyonce I really do, but I think its good that she's being called out in a public way, and hopefully she will get sued, so that way she’ll stop copying peoples work! Next on the list to be called out and sued should definitely be gaga!



  18. 18

    so u call out beyonce but not lady shim???
    she copies more than beyonce



  19. 19

    LOL. I called this shit three Beyonce posts ago! Everybody isn't going to sit back and take this shit! She is stealing from entire VIDEOS. Rihanna (rather than her director) was sued for using PHOTOS as inspiration. I knew this shit wouldn't fly.



  20. 20

    I cant STAND BEYONCE! she so rich she shouldnt steal moves from another person!!! Make your own!!! at least ask first! give credit! Beyonce and her team HAD to know.. she prob wanted publicity for her new video. no weveryone is going to watch it to see how similar it is to the other womans. sigh



  21. 21

    you can't use "inspiration" as an excuse to make profit off of someone else's work. I mean once in a blue moon is okay I guess, but not 3/5 of the most recent things you released, that's no work put into someone who claims originality. Bey could have at least hired this Anne lady as a choreographer or something, or payed to use her material. Book authors don't get away with this, neither should singers, if they want to be considered "artists"



  22. 22

    Choreography copyright law is not very well developed, remaining a murky area.
    Beyonce is rich and famous, a bigger problem still but tempting to what I consider the scourge of the earth FUCKING LAWYERS



  23. 23

    CAN YOU SUE OVER DANCE MOVES?????? thATS WHAT I WANNA KNOW…this is just dumb.



  24. 24

    the first sequence alone is more than coincidence… sometimes inspiration becomes blatant imitation.. LOL



  25. 25

    SUE the bitch!

  26. @v@ says – reply to this


    26

    Re: BOWA15 – Paying homage the right way happens after getting permission and running credit acknowledgements. How would you feel if it were YOUR work and someone else ran it? Without acknowledgement, it looks like it's theirs, and it wasn't.



  27. 27

    The lawsuit holds no merit. Choreography is not protected under the copyright law. While that is horrific, it's just how it is.