Rapper and music mogul Jay-Z has been sued over his much lauded ’Decoded’ book releasd in 2010. In a lawsuit filed by Patrick White on June 13, the writer claims that the book contained similarities to work he had on his laptop computer that was stolen in 2009.
The basis of the suit may be called into question as the book is supposed to be the personal musings of Jay-Z on his life and lyrics over the course of the last 20 years.
In the neatly-penned lawsuit obtained by website AllHipHop, he went on to say:
“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,”
“The book contains various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work,” White alleges. “After contacting or attempting to contact the co-authorer [sic], I got no reply.”
White is suing for copyright infringement and invasion of property and the suit also includes co-author Dream Hampton and Random House.
Neither Jay Z nor his management have made a statement concerning the lawsuit.