U.S. News | Jamaican Dancer Drops Copyright Infringement Against Jay-Z and Beyonce

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Jamaican choreographer, Dr. L’Antoinette Stines has dropped the copyright infringement lawsuit against Beyonce and Jay Z alleging that the entertainment mogul, Jay-Z, and his pop music superstar wife, Beyoncé used her voice for their 2018 album track “Black Effect” without permission or authorization.

In the initial lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants used her work in a key portion of the track, “Black Effect” without giving her any credit or money.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants reached out to her in March 2018 requesting to help the defendants find the best dancers for a video promoting their tour and to also speak about her thoughts on love in the video which was allegedly used by the defendants without proper credit or compensation for the song which had her as the leading voice on the track.

The plaintiff has now voluntarily dismissed her claims against the defendants without prejudice.

Dancer Lenora Stines gave no reason for dismissing the case. 

The case is dismissed.

Lenora Antoinette Stines v. BJC Touring, Inc. et al

Judge: Fernando M Olguin
Court: California Central District Court
Case #: 2:20-cv-05364
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: June 16, 2020
Case Filed: Nov 16, 2020
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