Jay-Z & Timbaland Headed To Court For "Big Pimpin'" Copyright Lawsuit

UPDATE: A judge will determine whether Jay-Z profited from performing the song live.

The children of Bollywood composer, Baligh Hamdy are likely to file a lawsuit against Jay-Z and/or Timbaland for sampling “Khosara, Khosara,” in the 2000 hit “Big Pimin’.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the Hamdy children—Osama Ahmed Fahmy—is already the plaintiff in a case against Shawn Carter, EMI Publishing, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, UMG Recordings, Warner Music and many others.

The Hamdy children licensed the rights to mechanically reproduce “Khosara, Khosara,” in 1995. Representatives from Jay-Z and Timbaland’s camp believe they secured the proper license to sample the song for their UGK collaboration. However, according to Tuesday’s ruling, they obtained “economic rights,” which allow for reproduction, performance and distribution of the song. The plaintiffs argue that sampling, looping and rhyming over the sample would have required the express permission of each of Hamdy's four children.

A similarly odd interpretation of obscure, international copyright law, prevented Timbaland from getting sued for his use of a different Bollywood sample he used in Game’s 2005 single “Put You In The Game.”

[May 5]

UPDATE: According to Yo Raps, a federal judge ruled earlier this month that the copyright case against Jay-Z and Timbaland will go to trial. The judge will determine whether or not Hov profited from performing "Big Pimpin'" during his live shows.

“There is no record evidence that Jay-Z used 'Big Pimpin’' in his advertisements for a particular concert or concert series, or that 'Big Pimpin’' was performed at every concert,” wrote US District Judge Christina Snyder in her December 9th ruling. 

“It is a question of fact whether Jay-Z’s concert revenues should be considered direct or indirect…it is up to a jury to decide,” she added. “Accordingly, the court finds that there is a triable issue whether Jay-Z’s concert revenues constitute direct profits from his infringing live performances 'Big Pimpin’' for purposes of the Copyright Act.”

34 Comments

  • Sami

    Regardless that Abdel Halim Hafez is the greatest Arab singer at all time, but It sound's weird to be a successful tune in Egypt at 1957 made same success at the United States at year 2000!!

  • YADIG

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  • ...

    Why is HHDX calling Baligh Hamdy a Bollywood composer? He eqyptian. Not Indian.

    • Anonymous

      dx are truly incompetent for the most part but calling him a bollywood composer doesnt necessarily imply his ethnicity. maybe that's what he's best known for... working in bollywood

  • YADIG

    FUCK THESE TWO LAMES ASS NIGGAS!!! FUCK A SLAVE-Z NIGGA!!! I'M A YOUNG MONEY SOLDIER NIGGA STEP TO ME IF YOU WANT PROBLEMS BITCH!! STILL GOT THE .45 TUCKED IN THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT NEXT TO THE IPHONE CHARGER TRICK!! ASK ABOUT ME!!! 5 LETTERS: YMCMB LIL WAYNE IS THE G.O.A.T.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn't be the first time Timberlands stole beats and samples.

  • Anonymous

    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11284353 Diss record aimed at Havoc's new artist. Jordan Meyer is a racist so lets get Havoc to drop him.

  • foolano

    lmao...all 4 kids hav to sign off??? Wat about front row tix and u guys can sing neers n paris 7imes bak2bak wit j n yay??? Plus big pimpin gave them the MOST exposure!

  • ILLUMINATI

    ILLUMINATI ILLUMINATI ILLUMINATI ILLUMINATI ILLUMINATI, there i beat these conspiracy retards to it.

  • Anonymous

    Nigga took the whole intro,all what..... 8 seconds of it........

  • dac

    Doesn't matter about the economy, if you can in your legal right, profit off someone who has used, or benefited financial off your work and talents and will continue to do so for a long time. why not, when the person has change for more than ten people, ten life times over than of an average person. If your making money off everything you touch, someone else is bound to get some also

  • Anonymous

    Yo HHDX do more effort in searching, it's an Egyptian composer not bollywood you idiots, did you ever heard about Arabic music? white folks were right you niggas are dumb as fuck.

    • Anonymous

      The Song is originally by an EGYPTIAN, Abdel Halim Hafez: http://youtu.be/tNZ7RZd0nD0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdel_Halim_Hafez

    • Anonymous

      HOVA.. "i got good lawyers for cops, so dress warm.. charges don't stick to dude, he teflon."

    • Anonymous

      Dude, Bollywood is a reference to the Hindi-Language film industry where the song has been used and made popular, not the owners of the songs copyright or original composer (who you pointed out was an Egyptian). And I'd feel out of place if i didn't insert a nice racially charged example of the issue at hand: When Bill Cosby didn't like the way Buckwheat was bing portrayed on the Little Rascals, he bought the distribution rights and stopped the airing of the show (alleged).. if a network or producer were to use a clip from the show to profit, Cosby may be able to sue for pecuniary damages, not the creators of the show (who would be the Egyptian in the hypo, if unclear). as you were.

    • Swordz

      Infact - I think you'll find it's only wwhite people at DX You ignorant fuck. Secondly - the case ain't going nowhere - they will settle out of court real soon!

    • Cage

      ^^^ White folks work at HHDX too, you fuckin clown.

  • D.Scott

    Sounds like they are trying split hairs with this suit.

  • Anonymous

    ALSO, in terms of why people "wait so long", there is a window where you have to attempt to settle or rectify the situation. You can't just sue as soon as you hear the song. Plus, if you read close, you would know that they have been in court for a minute now. Evidently they didn't have the right to sue, previously, but now won the right.

  • J.Grim

    they wait for ages to file because you generate more money that way... you wait till it blows up then take al that money... It makes sense. lol

  • JJ

    Its so fuckin weird when people file a lawsuit after AGES! WHERE THE FUCK HAVE YALL BEEN ALL THESE YEARS?! I know the economy is messed up and yall gotta get that paper but this is ridiculous.

  • wtf

    these stories man...anyone named osama should not be in the lime light right now unless they r under the ground

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