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Rapper Jay Z has won a copyright infringement case for an Egyptian sample used in his 1999 song ‘Big Pimpin’’. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2007 by Osama Fahmy, nephew of the composer Baligh Hamdi whose piece Khosara Khosara is sampled in the song.
Producer Timbaland’s lawyer claimed that the sample had been used under the assumption it was royalty-free, but later paid $100,000 to EMI Music Arabia for the license to use the flute melody in the song. The lawsuit was dismissed by judge Christina Snyder, saying that Fahmy lacked the standing to pursue a copyright infringement claim.