Jay Z’s ‘Big Pimpin’ Lawsuit To Play Out Till 2014
Somewhere in America, Jay Z is probably shaking his head. Not only is the Roc’s CEO catching shade for his recent handling of MLB star Robinson Cano and trying to make good on his 22-day vegan challenge, the rapper (who turned 44 Dec. 4) will still be facing legal drama over his “Big Pimpin'” sample well into the new year.
Back In March, Jay was hit with a lawsuit for sampling an Egyptian musical composition “Khosara, Khosara” on his 2000 chart topper featuring UGK. The composer’s nephew, Ahab Joseph Nafal, issued a laundry list of legal grievances saying Jay “mutilated the original song, violated “moral rights,” and despite the existence of a settlement agreement that appeared to give “Big Pimpin” producers a valid license, infringed a copyright.”
Jay had issued a statute of limitations given Nefal reportedly knew about the song since its release but only decided to file the suit in 2007. Nefal countered by arguing that the song has been included in his concerts and said he deserved some of the pocket money from his shows since most of the song’s sales have already been received.
The case was set to wrap in Hov’s favor but now THR reports it just got a little more complicated:
In a new ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder won’t reconsider those orders. We won’t get into the reasoning, but for lawyers, there’s an interesting discussion of a 9th Circuit judgment involving Bob Marley music rights.
Jay Z and the other defendants hoped to wrap up this case altogether, but then there is the issue of allegedly infringing activity happening after 2006, when the EMI-Sout El Phan agreement expired and “Big Pimpin” defendants arguably no longer could point to a settlement agreement as freeing their liability for among other things, Jay Z’s exploitation of the song in concerts and in films and on television.
Read the full report here.