Judge Dismisses ‘Big Pimpin’ Case Against Jay Z
Jay Z and Timbaland have escaped the courtroom scot-free after a judge dismissed the lawsuit that accused the two of illegally sampling a tune heard in their hit “Big Pimpin.'”
The nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi filed his case in 2007, claiming the rappers did not have proper rights to his uncle’s song “Khosara, Khosara.”
Once the track was sold to an Egyptian record label, Fahmy says the company did not have permission to then sell the beat to Timbo and Jay or anyone else.
The judge disagreed.
“Fahmy lacked standing to pursue his claim,” Judge Christina Snyder ruled. “In light of that decision, it will not be necessary to submit to the jury whether ‘Big Pimpin” infringed ‘Khosara, Khosara.’ I had to hear the testimony of Egyptian law experts in order to reach that decision.”
According to Jay Z’s attorney, Jigga is “pleased with and feels vindicated by the decision.”