Judge Limits Damages In 'Big Pimpin' Copyright Fight

Law360, New York (December 15, 2011, 1:06 PM EST) -- A California federal judge last week ruled that the nephew of an Egyptian composer whose music Jay-Z sampled in "Big Pimpin'" can only try to recover damages for alleged infringement that occurred within the three years prior to his lawsuit against the rapper.

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder on Dec. 9 granted a motion for partial summary judgment filed by Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, and co-defendants including EMI Music Publishing Ltd., finding that the the Copyright Act's three-year statute of limitations applies...
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