Copyright Lawsuit Against Jay-Z for his book "Decoded"
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's 2010 book "Decoded" received rave reviews from hip-hop aficionados and book critics. It was a memoir that melded a reflection on his life experiences with hip-hop history and a breakdown of rap lyrics that were defining for the rapper. But now Jay-Z is being slapped with a lawsuit that claims that some of the content of the book was lifted from writer Patrick White's work.
White claims that his computer which had the beginnings of a book he was writing was stolen in 2009. "My personal computer was compromised, resulting in my personal work to be used in Jay-Z's book Decoded which was released in 2010," he states in the complaint he filed in Los Angeles for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement. He also goes on to say, "The book contains various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work."
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White said he had made attempts to contact Jay-Z but he never heard back from the famous rapper. The lawsuit also names "Decoded" publisher Random House and Dream Hampton in the lawsuit.
Some bloggers and media are calling the lawsuit bizarre because of the implication that the stolen laptop somehow got into the hands of Jay-Z or members of his management company. Unsurprisingly, this is not the first time that the mogul has been sued.