Friday, October 23, 2015

Jay Z's 'Big Pimpin' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed On Corrupt Technicality


The copyright infringement lawsuit against rapper Jay Z over his foul, explicit song "Big Pimpin" has been thrown out of court by a U.S. federal judge (*feigns surprise*). The lawsuit contends frequently sued copyright infringers, rapper Jay Z and producer Timbaland, used a sample of the preexisting song "Khosara Khosara" without the permission of the copyright holder. The lawsuit was brought by Osama Fahmy, the current owner of the song, written by his uncle, the late Baligh Hamdi.

U.S. federal judge Christina Snyder basically ruled Egyptian law does not apply in America and Jay Z and Timbaland are allowed to steal his music. Technically, the judge is correct in stating Egyptian law does not apply in America. However, the United Nations' Berne Convention does, as America is signatory to it and it covers the breadth of copyright law.

At the end of the day, if the copyright owner does not want you using their work, you have no business doing so. If defeats the purpose of ownership and intellectual property laws that any idiot can steal something and use it against the wishes of the copyright owner. It constitutes fraud, financial fraud, conversion, grand theft larceny and copyright infringement.

If foreign recording artists began stealing Jay Z and Timbalands songs, using them abroad and making money off them while stating American law does not apply in their nations, the two men would be livid (and knowing Jay Z and his legal track record he would willfully commit acts of assault, attempted murder or murder). However, they expect to do this to others and get away with it, as the U.S. federal court system is unequivocally the most corrupt in the world. 99.9% of copyright cases are questionably thrown out by a federal judge before it gets the chance to reach an American jury to decide the merits of the case. That is disgraceful. Hollywood is an industry of thieves.