Jay-Z ‘Big Pimpin’ Lawsuit: Rapper Loses First Legal Round
Looks like Jay-Z may have taken 'Big Pimpin' a bit too far.
Back in May, a California federal judge ruled that the plaintiff in a copyright lawsuit over Jay's 2000 club hit 'Big Pimpin' had legal standing to pursue a lawsuit, and now it appears that the case will be going to trial.
According to Yo Raps, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder has ruled that a jury must decide whether Jay profited from his live performance of the Timbaland-produced single, which samples 'Khosara, Khosara,' a song recorded for 1957 Egyptian film 'Fata Ahlami.'
"There is no record evidence that Jay-Z used 'Big Pimpin'' in his advertisements for a particular concert or concert series, or that 'Big Pimpin'' was performed at every concert," Judge Snyder stated in her December 9th ruling.
"It is a question of fact whether Jay-Z's concert revenues should be considered direct or indirect ... it is up to a jury to decide. Accordingly, the court finds that there is a triable issue whether Jay-Z's concert revenues constitute direct profits from his infringing live performances 'Big Pimpin'' for purposes of the Copyright Act."