April 6, 2016


Beyoncé Sues Merch Company 'Feyoncé' for Copyright Infringement

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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Lawyers for Beyoncé are suing a Texas-based company for peddling a series of consumer items like coffee mugs, shirts, sweaters, hats and tank-tops that all bear the name "Feyoncé." The suit, which was filed against Feyoncé Inc. in a federal court in New York City on Tuesday (April 5), seeks unspecified damages, according to Reuters

Among the more fraudulent items in Feyoncé Inc.'s inventory, is a mug that reads: "Feyoncé: he put a ring on it," which the singer claims invokes her 2008 hit single, "All The Single Ladies." 

Queen Bey's legal team was quick to issue some barbs in its complaint, saying that the "defendants' conduct described herein is intentional, fraudulent, malicious, willful and wanton." The suit also claims that Feyoncé's knock-off items have caused the singer personal distress. Rolling Stone recalls a similar motion Beyoncé's lawyers filed a year ago to clamp down on Feyoncé mugs being sold on Etsy: While the mugs were removed the website's marketplace, different Feyoncé items were not.