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Jay-Z Sued For Copyright Infringement Over Decoded Book

Jay-Z is facing legal issues over his book, Decoded, which was published in 2010.

Hova has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit, filed by a writer named Patrick White, who claims that Jay stole shares of his personal writing. White spoke up about the fact that his laptop was stolen in 2009, ironically a year before the book’s release.

“My personal computer was compromised, resulting in my personal work to be used in Jay-Z’s book Decoded which was released in 2010,” White claims in the lawsuit, as first reported by AllHipHop.

According to the website, White also added, “The book contains various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work. After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply.”

On June 13, White filed the hand written paperwork in the United States District Court, where he also named publisher Random House and co-writer of Decoded, Dream Hampton.

Not only is White suing for copyright infringement, but he also added invasion of property to the suit.

Decoded exhibits thirty-sixth songs, which are all explained with notes written by the rapper. This makes it hard to understand why Hov would infringe a book of his own lyrics and work.

Neither Jay-Z nor his lawyers have commented on the suit.—Kim Narunsky

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