Jay Z Not Liable In ‘Big Pimpin’ Trial | Music News
US district Judge Christina Snyder found that nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, whose 1957 song “Khosara Khosara” is sampled in “Big Pimpin”, didn’t have a legal ground to follow claim that Jay Z and Timbaland illicitly sampled “Khosara Khosara”. All rights of the song were signed over to Middle Eastern record company Sout El Phan in 2002, who then licensed the song to EMI Arabia for use outside of Egypt.
“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” said Christina Snyder, discussing the case. The week-long trial took place in LA, including testimony from a variety of individuals, including Linkin Park bass player Dave Farrell, who worked with Jay Z on the mashup record “Collision Course”.
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