Beyoncé and Jay-Z sued for the song “Black Effect”
It’s time to pay.
Terrible news for Jay-Z and his beautiful wife. One of the most famous Hip Hop couples is in trouble. Dr. L’Antoinette Stines has sued the famous couple for misuse of her intellectual property. To be more specific, Jay-Z and Beyonce used part of a Stines speech at the beginning of the song “Black Effect.”
However, Stines alleges that she was never credited or paid for the copyright to her speech. According to the lawsuit, the initial settlement only included the use of Stines’ words for “promotional purposes” for the song “Everything is love,” but that Jay-Z and Beyonce decided to use the speech for the song “Black Effect” without her consent.
Stines also explained that before signing the agreement, she wanted to send a photo of the contract to her son who is a lawyer so that he could advise her; however, the couple’s representatives told her that she could not show the contract to anyone else.
Dr. Stines has asked the court for a full report of the royalty earnings, and an undisclosed amount for damages. As of this writing, no Jay-Z or Beyonce representative has made an official statement on the matter.