Thursday, October 22, 2015

Judge Tosses 'Big Pimpin' Lawsuit

(Reuters) -- A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit that accused rapper Jay Z and hip hop producer Timbaland of using an Egyptian musician's melody without permission in their 1999 hit song "Big Pimpin'."

U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled that the plaintiff in the case, a nephew of late musician Baligh Hamdy, did not have standing to assert copyright infringement of his uncle's music, Jay Z's attorney Andrew Bart said.

Hamdy's nephew, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, filed a complaint in 2007 alleging that Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, and his team had used his uncle's 1957 song "Khosara, Khosara" without permission.

"Our client is pleased with and feels vindicated by the decision," Bart said in a statement.

Snyder's decision came after three days of trial testimony.

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