Beyonce And Jay-Z Sued Over Allegedly Uncredited Contribution To 2018 Song “Black Effect”
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Beyonce and Jay-Z are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles for allegedly using a monologue that was released without permission by a Jamaican choreographer uncredited for their 2018 title, Black Effect.
In the lawsuit filed late Tuesday before a federal court, dancer Lenora Stines claims that at the prominent couple's request, she spoke on tape about her feelings about "unconditional love". She claims that she was told that her thoughts were only used in a promotional video.
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A representative of the performers could not be reached immediately for an opinion.
According to Stines, in March 2018 she was asked to hire dancers for a video to publicize the upcoming album and tour of Everything Is Love.
Beyonce and Jay-Z then asked if she would include their thoughts on the clip, Stines claims.
In the complaint, Stines describes herself as "extremely respected and highly regarded on the island of Jamaica and around the world for her art and wisdom".
When she inquired about the terms of an agreement to be signed before she recorded her monologue, she was told that the agreement was "just a standard document that everyone had to sign". Then she was told not to worry because the agreement "would only be used so that her voice could be used in the video," the suit claims.
Stines said when asked if she could take a screenshot of the agreement to send to her lawyer, "she was specifically told that she could not send anyone a picture of the agreement for review."
When "Everything Is Love" was released in June 2018, the applicant felt "shock, horror, and anger" when she discovered that her vocals were used in the song "Black Effect", which made her feel "hurt" the suit claims.
The City News Service contributed to this report.
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