L.A. Judge Dismisses a ‘Big Pimpin’’ Copyright Lawsuit Against Jay Z

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
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Jay Z is finally free of a copyright-infringement lawsuit that was brought against him and mega hip-hop producer Timbaland in 2007. 

A Los Angeles judge dismissed Osama Ahmed Fahmy's case, which claimed that Timbaland and Jay Z illegally sampled the flute notes in his uncle's song for their hit "Big Pimpin,' " the Associated Press reports. Fahmy's uncle Baligh Hamdi, now deceased, was an Egyptian composer. 

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The U.S. district judge threw out the case after hearing expert testimony from people who study music composition. Fahmy's attorney, Pete Ross, says he plans to appeal the decision: "We think it's completely wrong, and we'll appeal."

Both Jay Z and Timbaland testified in the trial, which lasted about a week. They both maintained that they thought they had a legal right to use portions of Hamdi's song. In fact, Timbaland paid $100,000 in 2001 to settle an earlier claim about his use of the song. Jay Z is no doubt ecstatic about the resolution.

"My client is pleased with and gratified by the decision," Andrew Bart, Jay Z's attorney, said.

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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