Because nothing can ever be purely joyful and good in this life, controversy has inevitably emerged around "Formation", the surprise music video Beyonce detonated the internet with yesterday.

While the work features plenty of electrifying Bey scowls, bone-chilling choreography and photographic evidence that Blue Ivy is the world's most adorable celebrity child (and possibly the world's most adorable child, full stop), a great deal of its atmosphere and power comes from its documentary footage of New Orleans.

However, soon after the video's release, Chris Black and Abteen Bagheri, the producer and director of the 2012 documentary short That B.E.A.T., took to Twitter accusing Bey and video director Melina Matsoukas of using footage from their film without appropriate permission.

Beyonce's reps released a statement to Entertainment Weekly, stating, "The documentary footage was used with permission and licensed from the owner of the footage. They were given proper compensation. The footage was provided to us by the filmmaker's production company. The filmmaker is listed in the credits for additional photography direction. We are thankful that they granted us permission."

Director Matsoukas also followed up with a tweet of her own, paying tribute to the filmmakers and their short.

While the filmmakers have not offered a response to the official statement, Bagheri thanked Queen Bey and Matsoukas for publicly crediting them for their part of the video.

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