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Jay-Z Big Pimpin Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed

10/22/2015
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(Radio.com) Rapper Jay Z may still have 99 problems, but the copyright infringement lawsuit brought against him over the 1999 hit "Big Pimpin" is no longer one of them.

A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against Jay and producer Timbaland by an Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi's nephew. The nephew alleged Jay Z's track illegally sampled his uncle's 1957 song "Khosara Khosara."

The Associated Press reports U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder's ruling is a result of hearing testimony about Egyptian law. During the week-long trial, Timbaland took the stand and testified that he created the beat with the understanding he had proper rights to use "Khosara Khosara." Also, Judge Snyder said Hamdi's nephew, the heir to Hamdi's estate, didn't have the authority to sue Jay Z for copyright infringement. Read more here.

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