Following a lawsuit that was filed in 2007, Jay Z and Timbaland will testify in their 'Big Pimpin' court case, which is set to begin in October.

Jay Z & Timbaland.

Jay Z & Timbaland.

For their 2000 hit 'Big Pimpin' the pair used a flute line by composer Baligh Hamdi. Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the nephew of the composer, filed a lawsuit in 2007 claiming that he should receive a cut of the profits following the composer's death in 1993.

Timbaland was unaware of this at the time and originally believed the song was in the public domain when he sampled the track. He then later paid $100,000 to EMI when he learned it wasn't, with the label claiming it owned the rights to the tune.

Osama later filed his suit in a federal court in California against EMI, Universal Music, Paramount Pictures and MTV over the song's use in films and specials.

And while court documents indicate Baligh's heirs were given a "lump-sum buyout", the defendants also insist Osama "gave up exclusive control of all rights" for the song in the US with a 2002 agreement.

Nevertheless, the composer's nephew claims the agreement does not include the way licensing contracts are administered with respect to moral rights in Egypt, where he is from, and believes the pair did not reveal all of the ways the song, titled 'Khosara Khosara', would be used and modified.

The Hollywood Reporter website suggests that the case will begin on October 13th.


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