A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Jay Z and producer Timbaland of copyright infringement for the 1999 hit single, “Big Pimpin.”
According to The Associated Press, U.S. district judge Christina Snyder dismissed a lawsuit accusing Jay Z and Timbaland of sampling an Egyptian song for the 1999 hit single, “Big Pimpin,” without permission.
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In 2007, Osama Fahmy sued the pair, claiming they had sampled the 1957 song “Khosara, Khosara,” which was written by his uncle, famed Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, without his family’s permission.
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Timbaland reportedly thought the tune was public domain, then entered into an agreement with EMI Music Arabia, which said it had the rights to “Khosara, Khosara” in 2001. Court documents state that Timbaland paid $100,000 to EMI, which “granted the right to exploit the ‘Big Pimpin’ composition, to the extent it used ‘Khosara.’”
Fahmy has vowed to appeal the decision.