Jay-Z wins eight year copyright infringement court battle over hit song

American singer and songwriter, Jay Z, has won a copyright infringement trial stemming from his 1999 hit single Big Pimpin’, ending a long drawn-out case.

ALEX HEINKE reports.

The US district judge abruptly dismissed the lawsuit against Jay Z and his producer Timbaland before it went to a jury at a federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, ruling that the plaintiff, an heir of an Egyptian composer, lacked the right to pursue a copyright infringement claim.


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The verdict ended a week-long trial and dashed an almost decade-long quest by Osama Fahmy, the nephew of Baligh Hamdi, an Egyptian composer whose 1957 song Khosara Khosara is partially used in Big Pimpin’.

Fahmy had argued that Jay Z and Timbaland did not have the Hamdi family’s permission to sample the song’s flute notes.

Jay Z (real name Sean Carter) and Timbaland (real name Timothy Zachery) had testified that they paid for the hook in their song in full by paying $100,000 to EMI Music Arabia for the license in 2001.

The lawyers of Fahmy said they will launch an appeal.