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Beyoncé wins $7.1M copyright infringement case: judge

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Thursday, October 22, 2015, 8:55 PM

Beyoncé is the victor in a $  7.1 million lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by singer Ahmad Javon Lane.beyonceVEVO

Beyoncé is the victor in a $ 7.1 million lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by singer Ahmad Javon Lane.

Beyoncé in her "X.O." music video.beyonceVEVO via Youtube

Beyoncé in her “X.O.” music video.

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Step aside Jay Z — your bootylicious bride just won a copyright infringement case too.

Beyoncé is the victor in a $ 7.1 million lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by singer Ahmad Javon Lane, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Lane sued the “Bootylicious” singer last year claiming her song “X.O.” ripped off an original composition titled “XOXO” that he shared with one of her backup dancers in 2013.

Beyoncé’s hubby Jay Z won a similar copyright infringement case in Los Angeles involving his monster hit "Big Pimpin."Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The judge compared the titles, introductions, arrangements and lyrics of the two sounds and found no “substantial similarity,” he wrote.

“To be sure, both songs are directed toward a romantic interest. But beyond that, they diverge. XOXO’s lyrics are explicitly sexual, while XO’s are substantially more tame and metaphorical,” the judge wrote.

“The singer in XOXO leaves little to the imagination, describing himself as ‘horny” and singing that his love interest’s ‘body is the promise,'” the judge argued.

“In XO, by contrast, the lyrics combine light and dark imagery,” and are much more “subtle,” the judge said.

“An appreciative fan would term Lane’s track seductive and personal, and Beyoncé’s track joyous and uplifting,” he concluded.

Hova and his producer Timbaland were sued by the nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi claiming the rap anthem illegally swiped a famous flute hook from Hamdi’s 1957 ballad “Khosara Khosara.”

Jay Z and Timbaland didn’t dispute that the flute notes traced back to “Khosara Khosara,” but they testified that proper permission was eventually purchased.

Shortly before a jury was set to hear closing arguments in the trial, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed the lawsuit saying the nephew failed to prove his case.

ndillon@nydailynews.com


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