Judge In Jay Z IP Trial Asked To Rule Like An Egyptian

By Bonnie Eslinger (October 20, 2015, 11:09 PM EDT) -- A copyright trial in California federal court over whether Jay Z's song "Big Pimpin'" illegally sampled an Egyptian ballad could rest on whether Egyptian "moral rights" against "mutilation" of an author's work apply to the 1957 song, according to dueling motions argued in court Tuesday.

Testimony in the infringement trial, which began last week, wrapped up Tuesday morning. After the jury was sent home for the day, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder heard oral arguments from both parties on motions for summary judgment that asserted no factual issues remain to be tried and she could decide the matter on her...

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