Lawsuit Stemming From Jay-Z's Song "Big Pimpin" Heading To Court Soon

Jay-Z to possibly be forced to share a portion of his concert revenue to the family of an Egyptian composer.

Although Jay-Z’s hit song “Big Pimpin” was released well over a decade ago, legal issues surrounding the song continue to surface primarily due to Timbaland’s use of the Egyptian song "Khosara, Khosara" in the production.

Billboard.biz reports that Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the nephew of “Khosara, Khosara’s” composer Baligh Hamdy, may be a bit closer to receiving revenue from Jay-Z’s concerts after a judge in California ruled that whether or not profit from Jay-Z’s concerts is attributable to the song “Big Pimpin” is in fact a triable issue

"This case may be more akin to the infringing use of copyrighted songs as part of a larger musical revue, an infringing use of a painting in a textbook, and one infringing poem contained in a poetry anthology, than the infringing use of copyrighted text or images to promote season tickets for the symphony, or the sale of a car - but that is up to a jury to decide," said California judge Christina Snyder, according to Billboard.com.

Another Egyptian man, Ahab Joseph Nafal, also attempted to sue Jay-Z for his use of “Khosara, Khosara” but the case was dismissed by a judge due to the fact that Nafal could only join the copyright owners (Osama Ahmed Fahmy) in bringing a claim instead of filing one separately.

A date has yet to be set for Jay-Z and Fahmy’s trial

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12 Comments

  • Doubl Negative

    I usually side with hip-hop artists in sampling disputes, but on this occasion my allegiance lie with these Arab dudes. Hip-hop's proletarian roots are being eroded because of the putrid stench of avarice that has infected it, and this unwelcome addition to hip-hop is spear-headed by the cretinous Hova. Sure, he's a dope emcee, but at his gigs, he charges ridiculous prices the shows can't be witnessed or appreciated by hip-hop's core, indigenous audience; Working-class people. That's just one of many reasons Jigga's unscrupulous actions infuriate. I wish the Egyptians luck in suing the fuck outta Jay, and any other third party intending to take the same measures.

  • monsta

    They should be suing UGK cuz they made the song hot! lol Don't complain about what you listening to do something 'bout it. You can make your ears happy again @ www.TheSetBoys.com UGK/SET Records baby! Yeah UGK Records is still alive. Long live Pimp C

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  • ivy blue hov

    Hov fitna beat the charges like rocky!!!! Not guilty give him back his bread.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I HOPE THEY TAKE JEW-Z FOR ALL HIS MONEY

  • Anonymous

    fuckin arabs always hatin on hov.

    • Anonymous

      Hate has nothing to do with it, they want their due if their family member's original song was used to make a gigantic hit single years ago, and a piece of the success Jay-Z owes them for playing it at shows for the last decade. Jay can afford it, he should just give them a lump settlement and work it out. He owes a good chunk of his success to that track, and if you sample or steal parts of a song from someone else to make it, have some ethics or respect and do the right thing.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, they just trying to get that Arab Money LOL! Na, but on a serious note, this is all Timbalands doing. Fucking producers that sample thinking that nobody else is familiar with the sample in the first place. Sue Timbaland, not Jay

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z's head looks like a glans penis

    • Anonymous

      its true he looks like a penis in a suit

    • Anonymous

      wow, you look at jay and think of a penis? think about what you said and what it might inadvertently say about your sexual preference. it's a proven fact with statements and mind states like this.

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