American rapper Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit regarding his 2010 book named Decoded.
This book is partly a memoir and partly a collection of lyrics with explanations. The book was published in 2010 and is the only book co-authored by the rapper so far.
However, Patrick While filed a handwritten lawsuit against the book according to which large chunks of the book were actually stolen from the original work of White.
The handwritten lawsuit was filed by Patrick last week which says that his laptop, which contained his personal writings, was taken in 2009 by Jay-Z and eventually the closely resembling material appeared in Jay-Z’s book Decoded that appeared in the market the following year.
He further said that he requested the rapper to credit the material to him but Jay-Z failed to respond to these requests. The lawsuit revolves around the copyright infringement and invasion of property.
The legal papers were submitted to the United States District Court on June 13.
According to the handwritten lawsuit, Patrick White said that “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.”
However, so far no response has been received by Jay-Z in this regard. The singer is on his European tour these days which would end on 22nd of June.
This tour, which is being done with Kanye West, has two more events at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on June 21and Birmingham’s LG Arena on June 22 before it comes to an end.
Besides, Jay-Z also intends to release the second version of his ‘Watch The Throne’ album at some time in near future, although exact dates have not yet been revealed.