Big Pimpin’ lawsuit for Jay Z
Rapper Jay Z is being sued by the heir of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, who claims the US star stole the flute sample featured in his hip-hop classic Big Pimpin’.
Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that the longrunning copyright case over the song, released in 1999, will begin in Los Angeles on October 13. The flute sample in dispute, featured throughout the track, was composed in 1957 by Hamdi for the Egyptian movie Khosara, Khosara. Hamdi died in 1993.
Big Pimpin’s producer, Timbaland, said he discovered it on a CD and at the time believed it was in the public domain and he didn’t need to buy the rights. In 2001, Jay Z’s team paid $100 000 (R1.2 million) to EMI Arabia, which had rights to the film, and the label shared the payment with the family. But Hamdi’s nephew Osama Ahmed Fahmy filed a lawsuit in a US court in 2007 saying that the deal was “irrelevant” under Egyptian law and that he wanted more money.
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