Plagiarism Claims

On June 13, 2012 a lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California accusing Jay-Z and coauthor Dream Hampton of copyright infringement and invasion of privacy for Decoded. The lawsuit, filed by Patrick White also names Random House, the company that published Decoded. White alleges “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.[7]” White is claiming that he was working on a book on his personal computer when it was compromised and when reading Decoded, he noticed a resemblance in “expressions/color/phrases, which correlates to my work.[7]” In the handwritten lawsuit, White alleges that he sought out Jay-Z and Dream Hampton, but they were unresponsive to his contact.[8]

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