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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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76.

Nellie    

oh my and all her awards and recognition from numerous top sources.... sounds like anyone who hates her is the dummy. And this is an itelligent fan... wanna count degrees or would you like to see me run the operating room the major hospital I am employed at. Well lets just compare bank accts, CD's maybe my portfolio would spark you... If B did something wrong guess what? she'll get out of it... that's just how SMART she is...

Smart B fan not a hater, Nellie

2652 days ago
77.

Grow Up    

Nellie sounds like anyone who loves her is a stupid ignorant, idiot, with no class and character no matter how many degrees they have. News Flash going to college does not automatically make you intelligent or smart. You do realize there are people who have cheated their way to and through college just like Beyonce is cheating and stealing her way through the music industry. You are probably one of those dummies that cheated their way through. Then you claim to be a college graduate well beginning a sentence with a lower case letter does not reflect a highly intelligent college graduate. It does not mean anything that you run an operating room at a major hospital you are still dumb. Look at the amount of people with leadership roles and dumb case scenario the president of the United States what a dummy and he controls laws and rules of the land. Yes, Beyonce is not smart just like you are not and if she gets out of this she will buy her way out just like she has done with all the other law suits you HATING IDIOT!

2650 days ago
78.

Amother    

Wow...All this commentary about a business woman, a young business woman, who has a gentleman friend who is all about the music business, who has a father who is "also" in the business. She is making money. She and her parents are marketing geniuses. Folk who are in the buisness, whether they are good or not, are paid well because of their marketing strategies. Brittany and Madonna are prime examples of marketing genius. I believe that the woman we see on stage, in the photos, is not the 'real' beyonce. Haven't you guys noticed how truly shy she is? She is an ambitious young woman , who is living her dream and I give her much kudos for that. She had a dream, and with some help, her father, Destiny's Child, and her boyfriend, she has greatly acheived her dream. We all someday have to be accountable, and whatever is done in the dark, ALWAYS, ALWAYS comes to light. Take care, my children.

2645 days ago
79.

Grow Up    

News Flash Beyonce is not the only one making money. I would not even call her a business woman. It's her father who is the business person she is just selling sex. She is not smart enough to do anything else. They are not marketing geniuses only liars, sceemers, and beaters. Anyone who worships and honor them are low class, low self esteem, and most of all can not have a personal relationship with God! By the way I am not being judgemental or hating. I am only calling it as it is being revealed. Beyonce is not bearing any fruits that would direct anyone towards God. Her fruits are leading people into more sin of this destructive world.

2642 days ago
80.

Triniti Infiniti    

Honey Des'ree should be glad tht someone as OVAHHHHHHHHHHH as B would even take the time 2 cover the one hit wonder's song!! U better be glad, better be wise, better be stronger, all i knw is shut up and enjoy someone remembering u presents!!! U shuld get 2gether and do a duet and be feature in a remix video maybe yur career will rise again!!!!

2641 days ago
81.

Grow Up    

Who cares about this useless Bitch Beyonce sue the Bitch she asked for it. She
is nothing and definately not a legend for anyone to be honored that she is
demolishing their song.

2640 days ago
82.

Me    

I knew I knew that song was from Romeo and Juliet the moment I heard it on her album. I looked inside the cover and it said written by Beyonce Knowles and didn't even mention Des'ree. I expected this would happen. Come on B, you know better than that.

2639 days ago
83.

candice    

oh my goodness, here we go again with this mess...

Why is Beyonce copying everyone in the music industry nowadays? Don't get me wrong she's a good singer or what not but she needs to work on her being more ORIGINAL with her work.

And what's up with her singing in spanish?? The original of "Beautiful Liar" has her on it (not shakira) and some of the words she's speaking is in spanish. it's super corny and dumb. Beyonce you ARE A BLACK AFRICAN AMERICAN!! NOT SPANISH! Remember not all your fans are spanish!

Whatever. i think Desree should have sued her for like 5 million for what beyonce did. $150,000 is what beyonce carries around for shopping on a daily basis.

2637 days ago
84.

brown recluse    

TELL IT CANDICE! SHI-THAT IS MONOPOLY MONEY TO MS. THANG! AND WHAT IS UP WITH HER AND JAY? ARE THEY STILL TOGETHER! AND I HEARD HE HAS A NEW ARTIST COMING OUT! MAYBE SHE WILL GIVE BEYOUNCE' A RUN FOR HER MONEY IN THE INDUSTRY AS WELL AS W/ JAY! I LOVE IT! SUE HER,IT'S NOT LIKE SHE WILL MISS IT. SHE SEEMS LIKE SHE IS REALLY UNGRATEFUL. AND DOEN'T CARE WHO SHE STEPS ON!-------SHE IS BEGINNING TO LOOK REAL GENERIC------- NEXT!!!!!!

2637 days ago
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