Jay-Z Sued With Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Decoded’ Book
A man named Patrick White has filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z claiming that Hov ripped off portions of his personal writing when the rapper penned ‘Decoded’ back in 2010. According to the suit filed by White, and obtained by AllHipHop, the co-creator isn’t the originator of a number of phrases used in the memoir.
White filed a handwritten lawsuit in the United States District Court on June 13th which claims that his computer was stolen and personal material on the PC was used in Hov’s memoir. “In 2009, my personal computer was compromised, resulting in my personal work to be used in Jay-Z’s book ‘Decoded’
which was released in 2010,” claims White.
Mr. White also claims that his work and the work of Jay-Z are “strikingly” similar and claims his work has been “compromised.”
White goes on to claim that after he discovered ‘Decoded’ used a number of his expressions he attempted to contact Jay-Z but Hov wouldn’t return his calls. “[‘Decoded’] contains various expressions , colors, phrases, which correlates to my work. After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply,” claims White.