October 21, 2015

Jenner & Block secured a significant victory for music artist Jay Z in a copyright infringement case related to an Egyptian song sampled in his hit song “Big Pimpin” when a federal judge in Los Angeles granted all defendants judgment as a matter of law.  Dismissing the jury and ruling from the bench, US District Judge Christina A. Snyder said that after hearing testimony from Egyptian law experts during the week-long trial she was convinced that plaintiff Osama Ahmed Fahmy lacked standing to pursue his claims because he contracted away his rights to the song “Khosara, Khosara,” which was composed by Fahmy’s deceased uncle Baligh Hamdy in the late 1950s.  Four measures of a recording of Khosara were used in Big Pimpin’ decades later.  Defendants also presented evidence that they had licenses for the use of that music.  The team representing Jay Z was led by Partners Andrew H. Bart and Daniel A. Rozansky and included Associate L. David Russell.

Mr. Bart said: “We are pleased with the court’s ruling that ends this long-running dispute.”