Jamaican artist, Dr. L’Antoinette Stines is suing world-renowned power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z for copyright infringement.
Stines says she felt ‘artistically raped’, and is reportedly claiming US$75-thousand, or about J$10-million, in damages.
Dr. Stines is the artistic director of the performing arts company, L’Acadco.
According to the report, Dr. Stines claims that her work was extensively used in the couple’s 2018 single, “Black Effect” without credit or payment.
Attempts by our news centre to contact Dr. Stines or a representative for a comment were unsuccessful.
Brithney Clarke has the details.
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That’s the voice of Jamaican artist, Dr. L’Antoinette Stines, in the intro to Jay Z and Beyonce’s song, The Black Effect.
The song appeared on their album, “Everything is Love” in 2018.
Now, Dr. Stines is suing the power couple, saying she felt ‘artistically raped’ by the lack of compensation for her contribution.
Her lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the United States District Court in the Central District of California.
She’s calling for compensation for copyright infringement, right of publicity and unjust enrichment.
She’s also seeking a portion of the publishing rights and a writer’s credit for the single.
According to the DailyMail, Dr. Stines is alleging that the superstar duo approached her in Jamaica in March 2018 for help to obtain dancers for a promotional video for their album and tour.
In the report, Dr. Stines said she supplied the dancers for the video and was later asked to share her thoughts on love in an interview.
She was reportedly informed that the clip would only be used for “promotional purposes”.
Dr. Stines says she was asked to sign a mandatory waiver giving the team permission to use the interview for that purpose.
But according to court documents, when the album came out in June 2018, Stines discovered to her ‘shock, horror and chagrin’, that the project featured the unauthorized exploitation of her vocals.
Stines’ voice makes up the first minute of the nearly five-minute song.
According to an article in Complex Magazine, her lawyers allege that she’s owed nearly 20% of the track’s revenue.
She’s suing for more than US$75-thousand in damages.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are yet to comment.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of a copyright settlement by Jamaican artiste Flourgon against US pop star Miley Cyrus.
Flourgon had sued Cyrus for US$300-million over her use of the line, “We run tings, tings don’t run we”, in the 2013 hit “We Can’t Stop”.
That lawsuit was settled in January of this year for an undisclosed sum.
Brithney Clarke for Nationwide News.