Jay Z and Timbaland just won that 'Big Pimpin' lawsuit

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The Big Issue in Jay-Z's 'Big Pimpin' Lawsuit

Jay Z and Timbaland have claimed victory in one of the longest active lawsuits in the U.S. On Wednesday, a judge dismissed the copyright-infringement case against the two artists involving 1999's "Big Pimpin'" before it even moved onto the jury. They were being sued by the nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, who argued that the song contained an uncleared sample of Hamdi's "Khosara, Khosara" and that its use in the song violated Egyptian "moral rights" laws. Timbaland has maintained that he got proper licensing for the sample, and today the judge ruled in his and Jay Z's favor, finding that Hamdi's nephew, Osama Fahmy, "lacked standing to pursue his claim." Jay Z and Timbaland both testified in court last week (which led to Jay Z hilariously forgetting about Tidal), while Jay celebrated Tidal's 1 million subscribers at a concert in Brooklyn last night. Somewhere on a private jet right now, you'll find Hov sittin' on blades, sippin' that ray, because he's having a very good week.

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Jay Z and Timbaland just won that 'Big Pimpin' lawsuit
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at Stade De France on Friday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce and Jay-Z kiss during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Jay-Z performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Jay-Z performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at Stade De France on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at Stade De France on Friday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Jay-Z performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Jay-Z (L) and Beyonce perform during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 02: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Rose Bowl on August 2, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Beyonce performs onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z perform onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Beyonce performs onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Jay-Z performs onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Jay-Z (L) and Beyonce perform onstage during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Soldier Field on July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on stage during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run Tour at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run Tour at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at Investors Group Field on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada . (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z performs during the On The Run tour at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in New Orleans. (Photo by Robin Haper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in New Orleans. (Photo by Robin Haper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on the On The Run Tour at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the On The Run tour at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Toronto. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Toronto. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - JAY Z performs during the On The Run tour at the Georgia Dome on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - JAY Z performs during the On The Run tour at Soldier Field on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois . (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on stage during the On the Run tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - JAY Z and Beyoncé perform on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin HarperParkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin Harper/Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin Harper/Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin Harper/Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Robin Harper/Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at AT&T Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in San Francisco. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce and JAY Z perform during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at AT&T Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in San Francisco. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the Beyonce and Jay Z - On the Run tour at AT&T Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in San Francisco. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
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