Beyonce To Actually Testify in Copyright Trial

Some dude in Chicago is suing Bey Bey for lyric-theft:

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Did pop diva Beyonce Knowles and Destiny’s Child rip off a Chicago songwriter’s song? A copycat claim contained in a 2006 lawsuit is expected to land the “Bootylicious” sensation in a witness chair next month as part of a copyright infringement trial to be held in Chicago’s federal courthouse. In dispute is a song titled “Cater 2 U” released by Destiny’s Child in a 2004 compilation called “Destiny Fulfilled.” The video features sultry scenes of the musical trio proclaiming: “Whatever you desire, I’ll aspire.”

But Chicago songwriter and performer Rickey Allen says it’s his song, and a judge has given the green light for a jury to hear his claims against Mrs. Jay-Z. Allen first copyrighted his “Cater 2 U,” — with the same spelling — in the mid-1990s. He performed the song locally and updated the copyright three times, as recently as 2000. Allen’s song is about “relieving the stress of a significant other, and getting them to relax.” He says Destiny’s Child’s version contains similar steamy lyrics. When Allen’s song says: “I want to rub you down,” Destiny’s Child asks: “Want a foot rub?” Allen’s lyrics say: “The tub has hot steam rising,” and “I’m waiting to soak your body through.” The Destiny’s Child song offers to: “Let me run your bath water.”

source:bossip

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