Tyler Perry‘s “Madea Goes to Jail” movie contained lyrics from an entire verse from a song called “When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus” (written nearly 60 years ago!) and now the actor/writer/director is being sued for it!
The suit, filed by the personal representative of deceased gospel singer/songwriter Bertha James, claims Perry lifted an entire verse from a song James wrote in 1950 — “When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus.”
The suit claims Perry pilfered the verse and used it in “Madea” — specifically, “incorporating the entire Chorus in a monologue delivered by the main character in ‘Madea” referencing her deliverance from a jail sentence and leniency for repetitive criminal conduct, in a staged court proceeding presided over by ‘Judge Mabeline.'”
Bertha’s estate, which is also suing Lionsgate Entertainment, wants unspecified damages for copyright infringement.
Umm… are they serious???