HOUSTON – A federal judge has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit a Minneapolis singer-songwriter filed against Beyoncé, ruling the songs were “substantially dissimilar.”
Jennifer Armour sued the R&B star last year, claiming that the 2003 hit song “Baby Boy,” from Beyoncé Knowles’ Grammy-winning album “Dangerously in Love,” took lyrics from her own song, “Got a Little Bit of Love For You.”
Armour said her former manager submitted demo recordings of her song to various studios including Columbia Records and Atlantic Recording Corporations, record labels for Knowles and Sean Paul, who is featured in the song.
However, the court did a side-by-side comparison of the two songs to look for substantial similarity – a key component of copyright infringement – and found they were “substantially dissimilar.”
“It’s unfortunate that lawsuits such as this one occur, but I am grateful and relieved to have this behind me and I am eager to move on,” Knowles, a Houston native, said in a statement issued by Music World Entertainment.
Armour could not be reached for comment.
Taylor sings ‘Carolina’
song with orchestra
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – James Taylor, who penned “Carolina in My Mind” while homesick for North Carolina, has been honored by his hometown university.
Taylor, 58, performed the song with the North Carolina Symphony on Sunday when both were given 2006 Carolina Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I’ve sung it many times,” the five-time Grammy winner said of the song he wrote in 1967. “It’s strange but somehow compelling to come home and sing it.”
The singer-songwriter was born in Boston but raised in North Carolina after moving to Chapel Hill with his family at age 3.
His father, Dr. Isaac Taylor, began working for the university’s medical school in 1952.
The song was included on Taylor’s first album, released in 1969, and has become an unofficial anthem for the university and state.
Taylor has sold about 40 million albums worldwide, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
He now lives in western Massachusetts.