Songwriter Claims R&B Artist Legend Stole Song

Law360, New York (July 7, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey songwriter on Tuesday accused Grammy-winning R&B artist John Legend and Sony Music Entertainment of copyright infringement, claiming the song “Maxine's Interlude” bears a striking resemblance to one of his compositions.

Songwriter Anthony Stokes alleges that "Maxine's Interlude," which was released on Legend's 2006 album "Once Again," misappropriates elements of his song “Where Are You Now?"

"We are confident that we can prove the two required elements of copyright infringement: first, that Mr. Legend had access to Mr. Stokes' copyrighted work, and second, that...
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Case Title

STOKES v. STEPHENS et al


Case Number

2:11-cv-03849

Court

New Jersey

Nature of Suit

Copyright

Judge

Susan D. Wigenton

Date Filed

July 4, 2011

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