The ten year song sampling lawsuit, continues for the song “Big Pimpin'”
Jay Z and Timbaland are being taken back to court after a judge ruled in their favor in 2015. The case has been going on since 2007 and the plaintiff, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, has yet to get a ruling in his favor.
According to Fahmy, Jay and Timbo used his uncle Baligh Hamdy’s song “Khosara, Khosara” for “Big Pimpin,” without permission but U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder said there wasn’t enough evidence to support his claim.
She also said because Fahmy licensed his uncle’s song to local record labels, he lost his rights, but his lawyer Keith Wesley strongly disagrees.
Based on Wesley’s reasoning, although Fahmy gave up his right to be financially compensated, he still has a moral right under Egyptian law, which says if “Khosara Khosara” is used, it can’t have any “unauthorized fundamental alterations.”
Fahmy didn’t appreciate the lyrical content of “Big Pimpin,” because Jay rhymes about “money, drugs and prostitutes.” Will the judge rule in the plaintiff’s favor over a moral rights issue?