Ms. Blige is Off the Hook

- By Bossip Staff

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Mary J. Blige can finally put away her checkbook now:

A lawsuit targeting R&B star MARY J. BLIGE’s hit song FAMILY AFFAIR for alleged copyright infringement has been dropped. The action accused Blige’s songwriting team of coming up with a tune bearing close lyrical resemblance to rapper Benevolence’s song Party Ain’t Crunk.

The track was submitted to Universal Records by Benevolence’s manager James White in May 2001 – three months before Blige completed work on Family Affair. In the suit, filed in January (09), White and fellow plaintiff Leonard James also initially named Family Affair producer Dr. Dre but he was dropped from the action after a court ruled there was a “lack of personal jurisdiction”. Responding to the accusation, Blige and Universal Records challenged White and James to provide proof the two songs were similar lyrically – and when they failed to respond with strong evidence the case was dismissed.

How amusing that Mary & company called that sucka’s bluff. Pay-off averted.


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