Jay-Z and Timbaland Slapped with $5 Million Lawsuit Over ‘Big Pimpin”
In a lawsuit filed in California on July 23, Ahab Joseph Nafal is seeking $5 million in monetary damages over the use of composer Baligh Hamdy's 1957 tune 'Khosara, Khosara,' which Timbo sampled for 'Big Pimpin'.'
Nafal, who owns a portion of the copyrighted song, claims in his new lawsuit that 'Khosara, Khosara,' is protected under the 1909 Copyright Act and not the 1976 Copyright Act. This is Nafal's second lawsuit against Jay-Z and Timbland, after his original case was dismissed in 2007 because he failed to include all individuals with rights to the song -- Hamdy's estate -- in the lawsuit, as the 1909 Copyright Act mandates.
In May, a federal judge ruled that the Hamdy estate was allowed to continue in their litigation, after it was discovered that Jay-Z and Timbaland had only secured the “economic rights” for the song and didn't get permission from Hamdy's other children to use the sample.
Jigga and Timbo insists in the earlier lawsuit that they did properly cleared the sample, but lawyers for Nafal now contend the duo failed to get the correct sample clearances or pay the appropriate royalties for the song.
Also named in the lawsuit is Roc-A-Fella Records, Warner Music Group, Island/Def Jam and rock band Linkin Park, who used 'Big Pimpin'' for their 2004 remix of 'Papercut.'
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