U.S. News | Jamaican Dancer Sues Jay-Z and Beyonce for Copyright Infringement

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Jamaican choreographer, Dr. L’Antoinette Stines has filed a lawsuit in the California Central District Court against entertainment mogul, Jay-Z, and his pop music superstar wife, Beyoncé over alleged copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants took her work, used it on 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.

The plaintiff reportedly said that she provided them the dancers and also recorded a clip in which she talked about the concept of love at the behest of the artists.

According to the agreement, the voice was to be used only on the video but the defendants featured her voice on a key portion of the track, “Black Effect” without authorization.

The plaintiff reportedly said that she was never given proper credit or compensation for the song which had her as the leading voice on the track.

The plaintiff alleges copyright infringement, violations of Stines’ right of publicity, and or in the alternative, a claim for unjust enrichment.

The plaintiff is seeking general damages and special damages in an amount to be proven at trial in excess of US$150,000, attorney’s fees, and for any other and further legal and equitable relief as the court deems fit.

The case is ongoing.

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
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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