Jay Z is being dragged to court!
Jay Z's long running lawsuit over his 1999 hit Big Pimpin' will go to trial in October if a settlement over the sampling of an old Egyptian tune cannot be resolved.
The hip-hop mogul has been locked in a court battle with Osama Ahmed Fahmy since 2007, amid allegations the hit song violates the plaintiff's rights to his uncle Baligh Hamdy's composition, Khosara, Khosara, which was released in 1957. Jay Z's record label bosses have argued that Big Pimpin' was protected under a licensing agreement producer Timbaland had made with EMI Arabia, who in turn had a deal in place with bosses at Egyptian firm Sout El Phan, which previously co-owned the copyright to Khosara, Khosara. Fahmy claims EMI Arabia officials had no right to sub-licence the track and requested the judge overseeing the dispute issue a summary judgement over the case to bring the years-long battle to an end.
However, California federal judge Christina Snyder declared on Monday that she is planning to dismiss the motion for summary judgement as there are triable issues at hand, according to The Hollywood Reporter. During the hearing, attorneys for both sides revealed settlement talks have so far proved uneventful, prompting Judge Snyder to set a tentative trial date for 13 October.
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