Jay-Z Sued Over Alleged Memoir Plagiarism

Chris Greenhough

Jay-Z is being sued for plagiarism, with author Patrick White claiming the 42-year-old rapper stole portions of White's writing and used them in his own memoir, Decoded.

In a case filed on June 13 in Los Angeles, White accused the 42-year-old of plagiarism. The New York Daily News quoted White as claiming in the handwritten lawsuit:

"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. After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply."

White's lawsuit is not the first faced by the musician this year - in March, Jay-Z and Kanye West settled a copyright infringement lawsuit that alleged the men stole a sample of music for their song 'The Joy.'

Decoded was released by the rapper in November 2010, and is a collection of lyrics and the story behind what they mean. The book attracted significant attention after Jay-Z teamed up with search engine Bing to create a scavenger hunt that "hid" all 305 pages in 200 locations that have been pivotal in his life. The grand prize for the first fan to 'decode' the pages online was a lifetime two-person pass to every single Jay-Z show for the rest of their lives.