Beyoncé’s New Music Video: Infringement or Inspiration?

October 12th, 2011

Check out this comparison between Beyoncé’s “Countdown” video and “Rosas danst Rosas” by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

When confronted, the pop-singer responded:  ”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.”

Does this inspiration go to far?  See for yourself  -


What’s up with pop artists using the “inspiration” excuse to rip off other works? There is also currently an ongoing lawsuit between David LaChapelle and Rihanna over her video “S&M.”