I know, I know. This isn’t an extremely old article, it just happens to be an extremely old issue that has recently arisen all over again. And, ironically, on Back To The Future day of all days.
Today, a judge dismissed the case against Jay-Z, Timbaland and associated music companies, who were being sued for their alleged unauthorized use of the sample in their huge 2000 hit ‘Big Pimpin’. The pair were being sued by Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the nephew of Composer Baligh Hamdi, over the alleged unauthorized use of his Uncle’s song, ‘Khosara Khosara’.
However, the judge has thrown the case out of court after hearing testimony from expert Egyptian lawyers. Although, it should be noted that this is not a dispute over whether the sample was used at all, Timbaland has always maintained that it WAS and even paid $100,000 to clear the sample back in 2001.
Take this as a lesson producers – by all means, sample if you feel it is appropriate and it allows you to create. However, a do yourself a favor, save some headaches and always make sure you have ALL the legal aspects locked in before releasing.
Check out the original below that Timbaland sampled, and check out where he took it. What do you think producers, would you have heard it and heard a hit in there also?