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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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TMZ Reports:
According to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court by music administators, Beyoncé allegedly never obtained proper clearance to cover a song called "I'm Kissing You," originally co-written by a singer named Des'ree -- famous for her 1994 smash hit, "You Gotta Be." Des'ree's version was used in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film "Romeo and Juliet," Beyoncé's version can be found on the re-release of her album, "B'Day."

In the lawsuit, Des'ree and her reps claim that Beyoncé, along with her record company people, originally tried to work out a deal to use the song. When they weren't satisfied with the proposed terms -- which included not being able to change the title or make a music video for the song -- Beyoncé allegedly blew off copyright law completely, and recorded the song and video without permission. The song was eventually released on Beyoncé's album, "B'Day - Deluxe Edition" on April 3, 2007, with the title "Still in Love (Kissing You)."

Des'ree is suing to halt distribution of the song, video and album and seeking at least $150,000 in damages.

When the song leaked I said I wasn't a fan of the arrangement! I would venture to say that is because Beyonce [and her lawyers] are going to argue that she didn't "cover" the song, she used pieces of it to create her own song...nonetheless if she didn't get the rights to the music, she's assed out! I seriously doubt that they will be able to stop the sales of the CD/DVD but I do think that Des'ree will get a great payday out of this...

Plus I love the original better than Beyonce's...