Ex-EMI Lawyer Backs Up Jay Z In 'Big Pimpin'' IP Trial

By Bonnie Eslinger (October 15, 2015, 11:15 PM EDT) -- A former top lawyer for EMI Music defended Jay Z and Timbaland in a California federal copyright trial Thursday over allegations they illegally sampled an Egyptian artist's ballad for their hit "Big Pimpin'," testifying there was "no question" the rights to the song were secured.

The family of late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdy claims Jay Z used the composer's song "Khosara, Khosara" for his 1999 chart-topper without permission. At issue in the infringement trial is whether Jay Z, producer Timbaland and the other defendants had the necessary rights to layer rap lyrics over the nearly 60-year-old melody.

Thursday marked the third...

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