Jay-Z Wins In Pasadena’s 9th Circuit As Court Rules Against “Big Pimpin’” Copyright Claims

Published : Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 11:36 AM

Pasadena’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the nephew of the late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdy, in his pursuit of copyright claims over his uncle’s 1957 song “Khosara Khosara.”

Circuit Judge Carlos Bea announced Fahmy could not sue solely because Egyptian law recognized an “inalienable moral right” of authors to object to improper uses of copyrighted works.

Jay-Z and producer Timbaland, known as Shawn Carter and Timothy Mosley respectively, initally thought “Khosara” was in the public domain. When they realized it was not, Timbaland paid EMI Music Arabia $100,000 for song rights in 2000. Fahmy sued seven years later, claiming he retained some rights to “Khosara.”

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