Jay Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean Win 'Made in America' Copyright Lawsuit

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Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean have won another victory against allegations of copyright infringement. 

On Friday, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling from last year, dismissing a lawsuit by musician Joel McDonald that alleged the Watch the Throne track "Made in America" by Jay Z and West and featuring Ocean had ripped off one of his songs, Law360 reports. 


McDonald -- who goes by the stage name Joel Mac -- had filed his suit in 2014, arguing that the song had stolen its concept from his song of the same name. 

"We have considered all of McDonald's arguments and find them to be without merit," the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, as Pitchfork reports. The lawsuit also included producers Mike Dean and Shama Joseph, as well as Universal Music Group, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Music and Roc Nation. 

You can hear both versions of "Made in America" here: