Jay Z and Timbaland win long-running 'Big Pimpin' court case
Jay Z and Timbaland have triumphed in a long-running lawsuit over their hit 1999 song 'Big Pimpin''.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder dismissed the copyright infringement case brought by Osama Fahmy, a nephew of the late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, whose song 'Khosara, Khosara' is sampled on the track.
Fahmy claimed that 'Big Pimpin'' violated Hamdi's "moral rights", per Egyptian law, in that Jay Z and Timbaland didn't get Hamdi's family's permission to use the sample.
Today (October 21), Snyder declared that the Egyptian law did not apply in this case.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Snyder said:
"Fahmy lacked standing to pursue his claim. In light of that decision, it will not be necessary to submit to the jury whether 'Big Pimpin' infringed 'Khosara Khosara'."
Timbaland's lawyer, Christine Christine Lepera of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, said in a statement:
"We and our clients obviously are very pleased with this decision. The court correctly ruled that the Plaintiff had no right to bring this case and cannot pursue any claim of infringement in connection with "Big Pimpin’" whatsoever. Defendants have maintained throughout that Mr. Fahmy has no right to sue for infringement in connection with Big Pimpin’ and that fact has now been established."
Watch the official video for 'Big Pimpin'' and listen to 'Khosara Khosara' below:
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