DC3 SETTLES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT + KELLY & BEYONCE BEEFING?!
Former Destiny’s Child members Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams have finally settled a lengthy copyright dispute out of court. Singer/songwriter Rickey Allen, claimed the R&B trio’s 2004 song “Cater 2 U” was inspired by a track he composed with the same title, which was copyrighted in the mid 1990’s. According to Allen, he handed over a version of his track to producer Maurice Joshua, who allegedly worked with the ladies in the studio. However, Joshua insists he doesn’t know what Allen is talking about ’cause he never even had a copy of the song. Back in 2006, Allen filed suit against Destiny’s Child to receive compensation in a Chicago, Illinois and the ladies were due to take the stand before a judge this week. However, they managed to avoid the court date and having to testify by taking the easy way out–settling out of court. Allen’s attorney, Matthew Wildermuth issued a statement on behalf of his client in which he stated,
“I can confirm that yes, it (the case) did settle. All of the issues have been amicably resolved and the case is going to be dismissed. (Allen is) excited about being able to devote time to posturing his musical career.”
Meanwhile, the terms of the agreement have not been released, but the case is expected to be dismissed by a judge on Thursday.
In related news, word is BFF’s Kelly Rowland and Beyonce are beefing. Apparently, Kelly is furious with PaPa Knowles and blames him for the copyright lawsuit. According to People, Kelly claims that PaPa Knowles has a long history of forcing songwriters to add Beyonce’s name to songs that she didn’t even write, just so she could get publishing royalties. According to a snitch, the BFF’s have been cordial since Kelly dropped PaPa Knowles as her manager, but now there’s tension in the air.
“She and Beyoncé remained cordial at first. But things have gotten tense since Kelly griped that Matthew is the cause of this lawsuit.”
And there you have it folks, as much as you Beyonce stans would like to believe the chick writes her own tracks–she doesn’t! Remember when Ne-Yo put her on blast for claiming she penned “Irreplaceable”?