Jay-Z Says 'Big Pimpin'' Copyright Suit Came Too Late

Law360, Los Angeles (August 12, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT) -- Rapper and business mogul Jay-Z, along with UMG Recordings Inc., urged a California federal judge on Monday to toss a copyright suit over an Egyptian song sampled in the rap song "Big Pimpin'," saying a nephew of the sampled song's composer unreasonably delayed bringing the case.

Jay-Z's attorney Russell Frackman of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP said the doctrine of laches, which bars unreasonable delays in bringing claims, meant Osama Ahmed Fahmy's suit should be dismissed. Moreover, the plaintiff can't overcome that doctrine by showing the...
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