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Beyonce

Accused of a

Musical Cover-Up

4/18/2007 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Beyoncé Knowles is going to war with a pop star from the past who claims the former Destiny's Child star covered her song, but didn't cover her ass.

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According to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court by music administators, Beyoncé allegedly never obtained proper clearance to cover a song called "I'm Kissing You," originally co-written by a singer named Des'ree -- famous for her 1994 smash hit, "You Gotta Be." Des'ree's version was used in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film "Romeo and Juliet," Beyoncé's version can be found on the re-release of her album, "B'Day."

In the lawsuit, Des'ree and her reps claim that Beyoncé, along with her record company people, originally tried to work out a deal to use the song. When they weren't satisfied with the proposed terms -- which included not being able to change the title or make a music video for the song -- Beyoncé allegedly blew off copyright law completely, and recorded the song and video without permission. The song was eventually released on Beyoncé's album, "B'Day - Deluxe Edition" on April 3, 2007, with the title "Still in Love (Kissing You)."

Des'ree is suing to halt distribution of the song, video and album and seeking at least $150,000 in damages.

Lawyers for Beyoncé and Des'ree couldn't be reached for comment.

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61.

Get @ Me    

Wow! agree with eere forte most part. I think that Beyonce feels that she is pu atop a pedestal and can do whatever she feels. First it was biting Amerie now stealing another's artist's song. To Lawyer Guy, no one is disputing that you cannot cover another's artist song but to completely disregard the law and to delierately undermine the orignal artists wishes is stealing. I also believe that Des'ree should sue for more but it would be nice to see Beyonce have to stop the distribution of her cd, since she illegally used and made a video to it. Des'ree clearly stated : no title change of the song, no video. B did not like it and did it anyway, so, she cannot say anything, just pay. This chick would do anything for a buck.

2686 days ago
62.

Grow Up    

#23 IP Knowledge you sound ignorant and apparently you need to read dummy. This is inreference to something that BEyonce herself has done. The publishing company did not go into the studio, sing, and changed the lyrics. #31RollinwithBeyonce I knew it would not be soon until some ignorant idiot came on her calling and labeling someone a hater. You are so ignorant and dumb. You can copy and paste what you want but until you have copied and pasted the actual contract which allowed Beyonce to do a cover up then your point is OBSOLETE. You are right haters nevr stop and that what you are always trying to defend this liar and theif Beyonce. And #31 A just shut up completely this is nothhing about hating on someone or putting a dull on their shine. This is about a possible illegal act on Beyonce's behalf get a life all of you sick pycho Beyonce worshippers Beyonce must pay just like any other criminal.

2685 days ago
63.

Grow Up    

Let's be realistic here. Beyonce is not all that for anyone to feel honored that she is re-making their song. If you are talking about Pattie Labelle or Aretha Franklin then that's something worth being extremely proud of. First and far most Beyonce is not a real writter. Until she writes an entire song by herself and not steal and change someone elses song she is just a wannabe. It's sad so many people buy into Beyonce's beautiful lies and gimmicks. The song entitled beautiful liar what a great title that fits her character so well. Now this morning I just learned that the B-day special edition album and video are being pulled from the shelves due to this law suit. Talk about karma she is only reaping what she has swon but that's so hard for her whorshippers to accept.

2683 days ago
64.

solitaire    

The song was removed from iTunes but the whole album is still for sale on there!

2683 days ago
65.

OHmy    

OH BEYONCE why you gotsta be plagiarizing... GIRLLLLLLLLLLL YOU SO CRAZY

2683 days ago
66.

Mandy    

Wow...its a beautiful song. I have never heard it but Deseree and Beyonce sing it beautifully in there own ways. My question is...where in the heck are these writers for this girl( I mean Beee--ounce')? Why do you have to cover someone elses song...AND without permission??? Respect..Beyonce, say it with me "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" another artist. How would you feel if you were in Deseree's shoes? Not right. And Oh Ya....$150M?????? Fire that damn attorney. Make that girl pay BIG so she will remember not to do it again..Its about the principle. Oh and for comment #14, there may be legal loopholes but then again, not many people left with morals.....or talented writers for that matter

2683 days ago
67.

yessir    

SHE DID THE SAME THING TO NE-YO. HE WROTE TO THE LEFT. AND SHE SAID SHE DID.

2683 days ago
68.

LUZ    

WHAT A JOKE ! WHY CAN SHE BE ORIGINAL ? IT REALLY PISSES ME OFF WHEN PEOPLE CAN USE THEIR OWN WAYS TO BE CREATIVE PLLLZZZZ.

2682 days ago
69.

SpitFire    

Ha ha! Busted!!

2682 days ago
70.

voiceofreason    

Um, the hateration is unbelievable. Keep your head up, B.

2682 days ago
71.

Grow Up    

Voice of reason shut up no one is hating just finally telling the truth about this girl. It amazes how Beyonce dumb and ignorant fans love to flaunt that word when the girl is dead wrong. Please get a life soon because D-Day is coming.

2682 days ago
72.

SHAWN    

i DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU LL BUT I AM SICK OF BEYONCE, THEY SHOWED A SCENE OF HER USING SOME BREATHE FRESHNER, THANK GOODNESS, BECAUSE I HEARD THAT BREATH SMELL LIKE ASS

2681 days ago
73.

tricey20    

MAN i DON'T KNOW Y EVERYBODY TRYN TO KNOCK B, THAT GIRL DOIN HA THANG...YEA SHE MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE CONTRACT BUT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH COVERING SOMEONE ELSE'S SONG..I MEAN, BE FOR REAL. WHAT MUSIC ARTIST DO YOU KNOW THAT HAS NEVER USED ANOTHER PERSON'S MATERIAL?....WHETHER IT WAS A BEAT, LYRICS, OR AN ENTIRE SONG. DES'REE SHOULD FEEL HONORED THAT BEYONCE DECIDED TO REDO HER SONG BECAUSE IT WAS DEAD ANYWAY AT LEAST SHE'S STILL GOING TO GET PAID FOR IT, SO BEYONCE IS REALLY HELPING HER OUT. AND TO THOSE WHO SAID THAT BEYONCE "THINK SHE ALL THAT" YOU NEED TO LET IT GO BECUZ THAT SOUNDS DUM...WHO WOULDN'T THINK THEY ALL THAT..IF I WERE ONE OF THE HOTTEST ARTIST IN THE GAME I WOULD FEEL THAT WAY TOO....CHECK HA STATUS KIDD!!...I THINK THATS A LACK OF SELFESTEEM WITHIN YOU...MAYBE YOU THINK SHE ALL THAT AND YOU NOT?..LOL...MAN JUST GIVE PROPS WHERE IT'S DUE AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'LL BE THE COURTS DECISION AND YO DUM ASS PERSONAL OPENION WON'T MATTER...........GROW UP AND STOP TRYING TO KNOC OTHER PEOPLE WHO'VE REACHED THEIR GOALS AND FOCUS ON YOUR OWN.

2681 days ago
74.

Genie    

For one thing, Tricey, your post sounds elementary. The lawsuit isn't because she covered the song, the lawsuit is because she infringed on Des'ree's copyrights. And, just because your ignorant behind didn't know about R&J and the song "Kissing You" doesn't mean it was dead. Trust and believe she is still getting royalties for that song TODAY! And, I'm not surprised Des'ree doesn't feel "honored," Beyonce wouldn't feel honored if someone violated her copyrights. She'd be all over them like white on rice! I'm not even going to touch on the fact that Beyonce murdered what was once a beautiful song. If the song is dead, it's because Bey stuck a fork in it. And, as far as her status being the "top in the game," she might be the prettiest, she's definitely the most promoted (can you say overexposure), but the best. . . hardly.

2681 days ago
75.

Grow Up    

Tricey you are ignorant a perfect example of the intellectual level of most Beyonce fans. I am yet to meet a highly intelligent person that's head over heels for Beyonce. If you do not understand why Beyonce is being sued then you should not post ignorant re-marks. She is being sued for COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT GET THAT THROUGH YOUR HEADS. Dugh everyone knows that most artist out today do remakes and use old beats that's no secret. But Beyonce has disrespected the orginal writters and the law. Now is takes a person with extreme low self-esteem to let someone take what you have created just because they are a fade for the moment. I repeat a fade for the moment. So please read and understand the situation before you say someone is coming down hard on Beyonce. Beyonce brought this on herself no one else. So don't even blame her management. You have got to be a very immature and irresponsible artist to record something and not double check to make sure you are cleared. The point is she knew what was going on so stop blaming other people for what Beyonce is responsible for.

2680 days ago
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