Jay Z Big Pimpin lawsuit dismissed
UPDATE: Timbaland’s attorney, Christine Lepera of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, sent the following statement to EW: “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.”
EARLIER: Jay Z’s boast in “Big Pimpin'” holds true: He will part with nothing. A judge dismissed the copyright infringement case against the rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, on Monday.
U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled Wednesday the nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi had no right to seek a claim of copyright infringement, according to the Associated Press. Snyder did not provide many details in what led to her decision, but she informed jurors she did so after hearing from Egyptian law experts.
“Big Pimpin'” was released in 1999 with UGK, and heavily samples the 1957 song “Khosara Khosara.” The Timbaland-composed riff, in addition to the flute notes, borrows that of Hamdi’s song. The camp of the nephew, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, disagrees with the legal decision.
“We think it’s completely wrong, and we’ll appeal,” Fahmy’s attorney Pete Ross said to the AP. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, Fahmy had argued that the legal concept of “moral rights” should have been at play in the case.
Timbaland (born Timothy Mosley) paid $100,000 in 2001 to settle a previous claim about rights to use Hamdi’s song. Both he and Jay Z testified last week in the trial. Timbaland was reportedly content with the ruling, as was Jay Z. “My client is pleased with and gratified by the decision,” Jay Z’s attorney Andrew Bart said to the AP.
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Head to the AP for a full rundown on the case’s details.