Beyonce Knowles Sued For Copyright Infringement

Beyonce Knowles is being sued by British singer Des’ree for allegedly ignoring copyright law and covering one of the mid-90s pop star’s most famous songs “Kissing You.” Des’ree filed a lawsuit in Manhattan yesterday (18Apr07), alleging Knowles never obtained proper clearance to use the song she wrote. According to the suit, obtained by TMZ.com, Des’ree claims the terms her team submitted to Knowles for use of the song were not satisfactory, and as a result the former Destiny’s Child star ignored copyright law and recorded her own version. The terms stated Knowles could not retitle the song or film a video using the track. Knowles recorded the track as “Still In Love (Kissing You)” for the new Deluxe Edition of her B’Day album. Des’ree is suing to stop distribution of the song, video and album, and is seeking at least $150,000 in damages.

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