U.S. judge tosses ‘Big Pimpin’ copyright lawsuit against Jay Z

October 22, 2015

A US federal judge on Wednesday (Oct 21) threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit that accused Jay Z and hip hop producer Timbaland of using an Egyptian musician’s melody without permission in their 1999 hit song “Big Pimpin’.”

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U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled that the plaintiff in the case, a nephew of late musician Baligh Hamdy, didn’t have standing to assert copyright infringement of his uncle’s music, Jay Z’s attorney Andrew Bart said.

Hamdy’s nephew, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, filed a complaint in 2007 alleging that Jay Z and his team had used his uncle’s 1957 song “Khosara, Khosara” without permission.

“Our client is pleased with and feels vindicated by the decision,” Bart said in a statement.

Snyder’s decision came after three days of trial testimony.

“We disagree strongly with the ruling and intend to appeal,” Keith Wesley, a lawyer representing Fahmy, said in a statement.

Hip hop producer Tim ‘Timbaland’ Mosley said he believed Hamdy’s track was license free, but once he learned of the complaint, he paid $100,000 to EMI Music Arabia to acquire the rights.




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