After Beyoncé’s Music Change, Industry Wonders Where to Draw the Line

Beyoncé’s decision to remove elements from a track on her new album, “Renaissance,” after complaints of “thievery” by singer Kelis is raising questions among music-industry insiders about where exactly artists should draw the line in handling such claims.

Music stars have become more generous when crediting other artists and songwriters in recent years after a spate of high-profile copyright cases. But Beyoncé’s decision comes as a surprise: Instead of reaching an agreement with Kelis publicly, or rejecting her complaint from her, she acted quietly, without public comment, giving the impression of giving in to Kelis’s pressure from her.

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