Jay-Z Accused Of Plagiarizing Parts Of His Memoir
He's got 99 problems and now his book is one. Jay-Z has been served with a hand-written lawsuit alleging that parts of his 2010 memoir, Decoded, were plagiarized. A writer named Patrick White claims that he was writing a book of his own when his computer was stolen in 2009, and next thing he knew, "various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work" were popping up in Jay-Z's best-seller.
White, who is suing for unspecified damages, says he filed the copyright infringement and invasion of property suit after attempting to contact the book's co-author, Dream Hampton, and getting no reply. In addition to the hip-hop artist/producer/entrepreneur/actor, Hampton and Random House are also named in the lawsuit. AllHipHop.com scanned in the four hand-written pages if you're into reading legal documents.
The book is a combination of hip-hop history, lyrical interpretations, and memoir. It seems like tough stuff to steal (though admittedly, I haven't read it). Has anybody read Decoded? What do you think of the lawsuit?
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