Jay-Z sued by writer over memoir

Last updated 13:21 22/06/2012
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Jay-Z is being sued for plagiarism over 'Decoded'.

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It's a bizarre lawsuit, even by showbiz standards.

Jay-Z is being sued by a writer who claims his computer was "compromised" in 2009 and the music mogul plagiarised his unpublished work in his 2010 memoir Decoded.

According to E!Online the plaintiff Patrick White wrote his complaint by hand, alleging the book "contains various expressions/colors/phrases which correlates to my work."

"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," White claims.

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

It's not only Jay-Z White is suing. He is also suing Nike for invasion of privacy and intellectual property claiming the idea for the Kobe System marketing campaign for the Kobe VII System Supreme men's basketball shoe came from him. He alleged it was stolen in the same hacking into his computer in 2009.

White offered no more detail in either lawsuit as to how his personal computer was "compromised".

E!Online reported White wants relief wants relief and damages from Nike and Jay-Z, plus a cut of Hova's international and domestic royalties, per the lawsuits.

Jay-Z's 2010 bestseller is a collection of lyrics and the story behind their meanings, making it highly unlikely that the claims hold any merit.

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