Writer accuses Jay-Z of Plagiarism; Claims His Work Was Used In 2010 Memoir "Decoded"
Patrick White alleges that his computer was compromised in 2009 and used in Jay-Z's 2010 memoir, Decoded
Remember Jay-Z's 2010 memoir, Decoded? The book of lyrics included explanations of their meaning by the hip-hop star himself, but, there's someone who says that Jay plagiarized. Wait. How can you plagiarize the meanings to your own lyrics?
Patrick White, a self-professed writer, filed a case on June 13 in Los Angeles against the leader of the ROC Nation, saying that portions of his writing were used in Jay-Z's bestselling book. How did this chain of events supposedly happen, especially if they're interpretations of lyrics by the rapper himself?
Well, according to Allhiphop.com, the allegedly besmirched writer mentioned the following in his suit: "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," said White.
"After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply."
White also included author Dream Hampton and Random House publishing in the suit, and is seeking damages for copyright infringement and invasion of property.
No word on whether White is one of Jay Z's 99 problems, or if the lyrics to Empire State Of Mind were also on his supposedly compromised computer.