A US district Judge has dismissed the lawsuit against Jay-Z and Timbaland stemming from their 1999 single “Big Pimpin’”.
Osama Fahmy began the legal process of suing the pair in 2007, claiming they had sampled his uncle’s song “Khosara Khosara” without permission from the family, thereby infringing on their moral rights under Egyptian law.
Judge Christina Snyder ruled that Fahmy lacked the right to pursue a copyright infringement claim, ending a week-long trial that could have gone to federal court.
“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”,
she said. It was ruled that Egyptian moral law did not apply to the case.
“Khosara Khosara” was written and performed by Baligh Hamdi and sung by Abdel Halim Hafez, both of whom are dead.
Pete Ross, Fahmy’s attorney, said:
“We think it’s completely wrong, and we’ll appeal.”