A Houston judge dismisses a suit against the singer by a songwriter

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 03, 2006 07:45 AM

Beyoncé Knowles is in the clear after a Houston federal judge threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against her by a Minneapolis singer-songwriter.

Claiming that the R&B star’s 2003 hit song “Baby Boy,” from Knowles’ Grammy-winning album Dangerously in Love, took lyrics from her own song, “Got a Little Bit of Love For You,” Jennifer Armour sued Knowles last year, reports the Associated Press,

Armour claimed her former manager provided demo recordings of her work to Columbia Records and Atlantic Recording Corporations, the record labels for Knowles and Sean Paul, who is also featured in “Baby Boy.”

However, after comparing the two songs side by side, the court found that the songs in question were “substantially dissimilar.”

“It’s unfortunate that lawsuits such as this one occur, but I am grateful and relieved to have this behind me and I am eager to move on,” Knowles, a Houston native, said in a statement issued by her father’s music management company, Music World Entertainment.

AP could not reach Armour for comment.