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