NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) John Legend, Christy Teigen, Jay-Z, and Timbaland attend DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Featuring Special Guest Justin Timberlake & Co-Hosted By Mark Cuban's AXS TV on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
Hip hop stars, Jay Z and Timbaland, appeared in a Los Angeles court yesterday following accusations of copyright infringement in their 1999 hit ‘Big Pimpin’.

The pair have been accused of stealing music from the Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi’s 1957 love ballad ‘Khosara Khosara’.

Attorney Pete Ross, who is representing Hamdi’s heirs in the case, says the pair used the music from ‘Khosara Khosara’ and added vulgar lyrics, which promoted promiscuity, without adequate permission, thus breaching Hamdi’s “moral rights.”

However, it’s not the lyrics that are the issue in the case. Lawyer Christine Lepera, who is representing Timbaland, told the judge and jurors that Timbaland did use Hamdi’s music, believing it to be  royalty free. When he later discovered it wasn’t, Timbland purchased the rights.

Mrs. Lepera also denied they used major elements of Hamdi’s music, much of ‘Big Pimpin’ was free from copyright.

Éimer Harper
Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

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