Appeals Court Upholds Decision In Favor Of Beyonce
January 3, 2008 at 6:46 AM (PT)
On DECEMBER 21st, 2007 the UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT upheld the 2006 trial court decision dismissing a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against BEYONCE and the co-authors of the song "Baby Boy."
In response to the appellate court's decision, BEYONCE said, "It's unfortunate that we had to endure this long legal process but I am hopeful this decision will allow all of us that were involved to finally move on."
The plaintiff, JENNIFER ARMOUR, asserted in the lawsuit that her former manager submitted demo recordings of a song to MUSIC WORLD ENTERTAINMENT Pres. MATHEW KNOWLES, representatives of BEYONCE's record label COLUMBIA RECORDS, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and others, in late FEBRUARY or early MARCH 2003. She discovered in the litigation, however, that the writing and recording of "Baby Boy" was substantially complete before ARMOUR claimed to have submitted her demo recording.
The trial court dismissed the plaintiff's case because, the court determined, no reasonable person could conclude that the two songs sounded substantially similar to one another. The appellate court did not reach that question, but instead upheld the dismissal of the case on the grounds that "Baby Boy" was in existence before ARMOUR allegedly submitted her demos.