Beyoncé’s Copyright Lawsuit Rules In Her Favor But Backup Singer Plans to Appeal

Ahmad “Javon” Lane

Last week Beyoncé won her case in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against her by singer Javon, who claims B ripped off his song “XOXO” with her single “XO.”

On Oct. 21st a  New York City court threw out the case for several of reasons, but Javon says he’s not going to accept the judge’s ruling.

Javon’s rep, Domenick Nati of Nati Celebrity Services, issued a statement to Entertainment Tonight, saying that the singer “is disappointed with the judge’s ruling and is considering fighting his case with an appeal.”

According to the ruling made by Judge Paul Engelmayer, there are many significant and substantial differences between the two songs.

Judge Engelmayer differentiated the tracks by writing, “”XOXO”s lyrics are explicitly sexual, while ‘XO’s are substantially more tame and metaphorical. The singer in ‘XOXO’ leaves little to the imagination, describing himself as ‘horny’ and singing that his love interest’s ‘body is the promise’.”

Check out the two songs in question below, and decide for yourself.

This isn’t the first time Beyonce has been the defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Last December she was sued over her hit “Drunk in Love” by a singer, who claimed that Beyonce’s sampled of her 1995 song “Bajba, Bajba Pelem,” without permission.

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