Sony slaps Beyoncé uploader with damages

Sony Music is demanding 1.5 million kronor ($200,000) in damages from a Swedish man who fileshared Beyoncé's as yet to be released album in a case that has legal experts scratching their heads.

Sony slaps Beyoncé uploader with damages

The 47-year-old man in Gothenburg has been prosecuted and now faces a damage claim from the record company.

Marianne Levin, intellectual property law professor at Stockholm University, told the TT news agency that it is tricky to put an exact price-tag on the harm that the suspect would have caused the artist and her record company.

“I don’t think they’ve showed in a satisfying way how to quantify the damage in these types of cases,” she said.

“And I question if it will ever be possible to do so.”

The man, who told police he had worked within the music industry, was charged in October 2012 for copyright infringement.

He shared the US artist’s new album, entitled 4, on The Pirate Bay site ahead of its planned release date.

“Music sharing cases have been prosecuted in Sweden before, but authorities see this as an opportunity to test how far punishments can be pushed in a pre-release case,” the website TorrentFreak commented on the case.

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Louvre creates new Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour

The Louvre has dedicated a new art tour to Beyonce and Jay-Z after pop's biggest power couple shot the video for their latest hit in the Paris museum.

Louvre creates new Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour
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The R'n'B stars' hit song “Apeshit” — which used some of the museum's greatest masterpieces as backdrops — has been viewed 56 million times on YouTube alone since it was released a fortnight ago.
Now the Louvre, which already has a tour based on the US rapper's hit “Smile Mona Lisa”, has created another based on the Carters' night in the museum.
It follows the video through 17 paintings and sculptures which feature in the six-minute clip, going from the monumental white Greek marble “Nike of Samothrace” to Marie Benoist's “Portrait of a Negress”.
The choice of works which they used or posed in front of has been taken as a celebration of black bodies and empowerment in an institution which was built on the spoils of conquest and imperialism.
“Portrait of a Negress” was painted in 1800, six years after revolutionary France had abolished slavery in its Caribbean colonies only for Napoleon to reinstate it two years later.
But perhaps the most striking image is of Beyonce at the centre of a line of black dancers in front of David's “The Coronation of Napoleon I and the Crowning of the Empress Josephine” singing, “I can't believe we made it..”
The song is part of their surprise joint album, “Everything is Love” — their first — which they released under their real family name, The Carters.
Sonic black power manifesto
It is a celebration of African-American identity and their marriage, whose problems and Jay-Z's infidelity Beyonce detailed in her 2016 album “Lemonade”.
The self-guided 90-minute tour is for now only available in French at but other languages 
are likely to follow.
The guide describes in detail each artwork in the video but stops short of explaining what it is used to signify in the video.
But Professor James Smalls, of the University of Maryland, described the video — directed by Ricky Saiz, who also made the Beyonce clip “Yonce” — as 
“arresting… I would even go so far as to say brilliant.”
He argued that it “appropriates, exploits, and reinterprets Western paintings and sculptures as a way to chart and celebrate the Carters' success, and black bodies in an artistic canon inextricably linked to histories of colonialism.
“The video is an unapologetic visual and sonic manifesto about spaces, power, and control,” he wrote in Frieze magazine.
“It is all about bodies — an orchestrated contrast of energetically writhing and animated black physiques set against frozen white forms of the past.”
The Louvre has refused to say how much the couple paid to shoot their video in front of the “Mona Lisa”, the “Venus de Milo” and Gericault's “The Raft of the Medusa”, in which Jay-Z poses looking up at the muscled black hero at the apex of the canvas.
The Louvre's director Jean-Luc Martinez has said that he wants to make the museum's vast collection “more readable” for a wide, global public.
Last year more than two-thirds of its 8.1 million visitors were foreigners, half of whom were under 30.