Copyright infringement claims can go forward against Mary J. Blige, the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 5, reversing a lower court determination.

Songwriter Sharice Davis filed suit against Blige and others, claiming the singer used two of Davis’ songs on a 2001 hit album without giving her any credit. But Davis’ co-author, Bruce Chambliss, transferred his rights to the songs to his son, Bruce Miller — a defendant in the case — one day before being deposed.

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