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Dream Hampton Makes Twitter Cameo to Speak on Plagarism Lawsuit and Why No One Should Be Blogging About Her
Though some say they wouldn’t put it past Jay-Z, the plagiarism lawsuit (handwritten mind you) that was conjured up against him and author Dream Hampton for his Decoded memoir was clearly bogus from the beginning. Just in case you didn’t know that though, Dream took a little break from her Twitter hiatus to speak on the rumors and why no one should pay them any mind, tweeting:
“Proof” from the guys suing me and Jay for plagiarizing Decoded. Amazing. More amazing are the asses who made this a real story. Thanks for gvng an unwell stalker more attention than they’ve ever had in their lives…..smaller circles. stay safe. It’s actually mid morning in London and I’m signing off again…xoxo Much as I miss this space s’times I like my peace more love
The last part of her tweet made it sound as though Dream was sticking to her choice to leave Twitter altogether, which she decided after some disrespectful Beyonce fans criticized her young daughter on the Internet at the end of last month. But, it turns out she had a few more things to say about the situation, the Twitterverse, and the blogoshphere as a whole. She tweeted:
If you’re blogging about my tweets you shouldn’t be blogging. Straight up. Supreme Court on the other hand is worth a looksie. They thuggin
If you made news out of the handwritten lawsuit against Jay & I, feel free to apologize after reading this http://redskunks.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/my-life-decoded.html
You can send your apology to Hov to the North pole.
Thank you everyone who’s tweeting me they missed me. truly. I missed this space the 1st two weeks too. Happy Summer!
Considering it’s been nearly a month since Dream Hampton stopped tweeting, I think we can take that last message to mean followers will have to continue to get their fix of the author elsewhere.
Do you miss Dream Hampton’s tweets?
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Did Jay-Z plagiarize parts of his best-selling book “Decoded”?
That’s what Patrick White is alleging in a lawsuit he filed against the superstar, Dream Hampton and Random House last week.
The lawsuit, which was filed in United States District Court, Central District, claims that White’s laptop was stolen in 2009.
“In 2009, my personal computer was compromised, resulting in my personal work to be used in Jay-Z’s book Decoded which was released in 2010,” White claims.
In the hand-written lawsuit, White claims he was shocked when he saw that portions of a book he had been working on were strikingly similar to portions of “Decoded.”
“The book contains various expressions/colors/phrases, which correlates to my work,” White alleges. “After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply.”
White is suing for copyright infringement and invasion of property.
The first questions that arise are who is Patrick White and how does he think his laptop landed in the hands of Dream Hampton and Jay-Z? This story doesn’t even seem plausible and it will be interesting to see if the court even pays it any attention. If a judge determines this complaint has no merit it won’t be the first time Jay-Z is the subject of a bogus lawsuit.
Earlier this month, an Ohio woman attempted to sue the capital city for $500 billion dollars after her car was impounded and sold. She claimed that Jay-Z and Diddy were “known to have government influence” and were likely involved in her car troubles. Not surprisingly, the judge dismissed the suit on grounds that it’s frivolous.
It’s likely this plagiarism lawsuit will reach the same fate.
What do you think? Did Jay-Z really steal content for his book or is this guy just looking for 15 minutes of fame?
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(Fast Company) — Musical celebrities were all over Cannes this year, but only Jay-Z is actually picking up hardware. New York agency Droga5 continued its hot streak at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity with big wins for its Bing/Jay-Z “Decoded” campaign in the key Titanium/Integrated Lions category. The campaign won the Integrated Grand Prix and nabbed a Titanium Lion, winning over a jury that was “looking for the bravest idea.” The Titanium Lion was launched in 2003 to recognize emerging forms of brand work that wouldn’t neatly fit into the existing award categories; the Integrated Lion was added in 2005, though the definition of what falls under each title has been fluid.
(Wall Street Journal) — Buying a new book isn’t as easy as it used to be. Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Bertelsmann AG’s Random House Inc., last month put Jay-Z’s memoir and lyric guide, “Decoded,” on sale as a $35 hardcover. It also made a digital edition available at the same price, although Amazon.com Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. sell it for only $9.99. The book has been a big hit. Published on Nov. 16, it has 330,000 copies in print, according to its publisher, a significant number of copies in this economy.
(Fast Company) — As Jay’s protégé’s album dropped this week (and leaked much earlier on the Web), Jay himself was revealing what he’d long had in store for the publishing world: a game-changing marketing plan for his autobiography, Decoded, itself a groundbreaking book. Beyond a mere collection of stories–which many readers would find plenty tantilizing–Decoded is also a rap Rosetta Stone. Listeners can literally decode Jay’s lyrics on 11 studio albums to unlock new details about the 40-year-old’s personal history. The marketing for the book took the idea further, mashing up old-school billboard advertising, new-school social media, mobile apps, and more for an interactive game that let players unlock pages of the book and enter to win concert tickets and memorabilia. Jay’s corporate partners, meanwhile, scored a fortune in buzz.
Jay initially hooked up with the creative agency Droga5, who conceived, created, implemented, produced, and delivered the campaign with the help of Microsoft search engine Bing. Droga5 slapped all 320 pages of Decoded in various blown-up sizes on some unexpected surfaces: a rooftop in New Orleans, a pool bottom in Miami (above), cheeseburger wrappers in New York City, a pool table in Jay’s 40/40 Club, and many more.
Reading became a scavenger hunt.Fans could log on to bing.com/jay-z between Oct. 18 and Nov. 20–last Saturday–and follow clues to Bing Maps locations and real life places where text from the book was blown up bigger than life or layered onto a guitar, onto records in jukeboxes, or onto a 1980s Cadillac parked in front of a Run-DMC mural in Queens. The most dedicated followers could read the whole book for free weeks before it came out. Plus, anyone who unlocked a page online or in person (by texting a code located on the physical page) was entered to win that page signed by Jay-Z or tickets to a Jay-Z/Coldplay New Year’s Eve concert in Las Vegas.
(Wall Street Journal) — With music, clothing, advertising and other ventures already under his belt, rapper Jay-Z is about to release his first book. ”Decoded,” co-written with Dream Hampton, looks at his life and the evolution of hip-hop culture through the lens of his lyrics. More than 30 of his songs, parsed and footnoted, frame the chapters on everything from his peers, including Notorious B.I.G., to the crack-dealing he left behind for music.