Jay-Z is has been battling a law suit for six-years for alledgedly sampling an Egyptian’s song.
At the heart of the law suit, the nephew of late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, argues that Jay Z 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 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, in films, and on television.
For more on this topic, check out The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. page, HERE.
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