Beyonce has won an appeal to uphold a court decision to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit, relating to her 2003 chart-topping and Grammy award-winning song, ‘Baby Boy’.
According to a statement released on January 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit "upheld the 2006 trial court decision dismissing a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Beyonce".
Jennifer Armour alleged in the lawsuit that her former manager had submitted demo recordings of a song to Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s father and President of Music World Entertainment, and to representatives of Beyonce’s record label Columbia Records in late February or early March 2003.
She discovered in 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 case due to the fact that "no reasonable person could conclude that the two songs sounded substantially similar to one another, and the appellate court upheld the dismissal of the case on the grounds that ‘Baby Boy’ was in existence before Armour allegedly submitted her demos.
Beyonce is relieved that the case was resolved, saying, "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."
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