Lawsuit Stemming From Jay-Z's Song "Big Pimpin" Heading To Court Soon
Jay-Z to possibly be forced to share a portion of his concert revenue to the family of an Egyptian composer.
Although Jay-Z’s hit song “Big Pimpin” was released well over a decade ago, legal issues surrounding the song continue to surface primarily due to Timbaland’s use of the Egyptian song "Khosara, Khosara" in the production.
Billboard.biz reports that Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the nephew of “Khosara, Khosara’s” composer Baligh Hamdy, may be a bit closer to receiving revenue from Jay-Z’s concerts after a judge in California ruled that whether or not profit from Jay-Z’s concerts is attributable to the song “Big Pimpin” is in fact a triable issue
"This case may be more akin to the infringing use of copyrighted songs as part of a larger musical revue, an infringing use of a painting in a textbook, and one infringing poem contained in a poetry anthology, than the infringing use of copyrighted text or images to promote season tickets for the symphony, or the sale of a car - but that is up to a jury to decide," said California judge Christina Snyder, according to Billboard.com.
Another Egyptian man, Ahab Joseph Nafal, also attempted to sue Jay-Z for his use of “Khosara, Khosara” but the case was dismissed by a judge due to the fact that Nafal could only join the copyright owners (Osama Ahmed Fahmy) in bringing a claim instead of filing one separately.
A date has yet to be set for Jay-Z and Fahmy’s trial