Big Pimpin’ law­suit for Jay Z

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

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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Jay Z Ba­ligh Hamdi

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