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Jay-Z Accused of Plagiarism in Handwritten Lawsuit

Jay-Z Accused of Plagiarism in Handwritten Lawsuit

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Now here’s something you don’t see every day.

Jay-Z was  sued in federal court last week by a guy who claims his computer was  “compromised” in 2009 and Jay-Z somehow ended up plagiarizing  his unpublished writing in the bestselling 2010 memoir Decoded.

The book “contains various expressions/colors/phrases which correlates to my  work,” plaintiff Patrick White alleges in the complaint.

Make that his handwritten complaint. And White, who apparently is no fan  of typesetting, has been busy…

Also on June 13, White sued Nike (you know, the Oregon-based sportswear and  equipment behemoth) for invasion of privacy and intellectual property, claiming  the idea for the “Kobe System” marketing campaign for the Kobe VII System  Supreme men’s basketball shoe came from him—and was apparently stolen during the  same alleged hacking caper of 2009.

 White offers no details in either lawsuit as to how his computer may have  been “compromised.” He said he filed a never-answered consumer complaint with  the city’s consumer affairs department (he doesn’t specify which city), and also  attempted to contact Jay-Z’s coauthor, hip-hop journalist dream  hampton.

He wants relief and damages from Nike and Jay-Z, plus a cut of Hova’s  international and domestic royalties, per the lawsuits. White’s cell phone  number appeared to be disconnected when attempts were made to contact him.

A rep for Jay-Z has not yet responded to requests for comment, but dream  hampton tweeted a few tips for White—tweets that were later deleted.

“Surprised by @TheGrio & @theloop21for running a story abt a handwritten  lawsuit that alleges me & Jay-Z hacked his computer & stole Decoded,”  she wrote Tuesday night.

“I expect Global Grind and allhiphop to ‘report’ that…but these other sites  that want to be taken seriously are hilar for that. For the record, if you’re  suing ‘Jay-Z’ in court you should probably (hand)write in Shawn  Carter,” hampton continued, noting the rapper’s real name.

She concluded, “…that is all.”

 by Claudia Rosenbaum

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