Jay Z & Timbaland win Big Pimpin’ suit
A lawsuit against Jay Z and Timbaland over their 1999 hit song Big Pimpin’ has been dismissed.
The suit, filed by the nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder.
Snyder ruled that Osama Ahmed Fahmy didn’t have the right to pursue a copyright infringement claim on his uncle’s song.
According to Snyder, she made her judgement based on testimony from experts on Egyptian law.
Big Pimpin’ heavily samples Khosara Khosara, a 1957 composition by Hamdi, with flute notes from the song repeated throughout Big Pimpin’.
Timbaland had previously paid for the song $100,000 for the right to use the song back in 2001, and told the court he believed he could use it.
“My client is pleased with and gratified by the decision,” Jay Z’s attorney Andrew Bart said.