Jay Z is due to visit court but not to file for divorce but to testify in a lawsuit filed against him.
It was previously reported that Jay Z and wife, Beyonce, are heading for splitsville after the rapper was spotted without his wedding ring last month. Everything has been plain rumors so far.
Notably, it seems that divorce is not the reason Jay Z would visit court but a lawsuit he is battling. The case alleges that the rapper wrongfully used a flute sample by an Egyptian artist for his 1999 hit song “Big Pimpin’.”
Osama Fahmy, nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, is suing Jay Z and Big Pimpin’ producer Timbaland for sampling the tune Hamdi composed in 1957 for the film “Khosara, Khosara.”
According to Page Six, Timbaland used the flute sample believing it was in the public domain.
But in 2011, Jay-Z’s camp entered into an agreement with EMI Music Arabia, which said it has the rights to “Khosara, Khosara,” and paid $100,000 to resolve the controversy, ABC News noted.
Court documents state the payment to EMI “granted the right to exploit the ‘Big Pimpin’ composition.”
The money was distributed to descendants of Hamdi, who died in 1993, but Fahmy claims the Hamdi family was not aware of how important the flute sample would be to Jay-Z’s song.
Fahmy filed suit in a California federal court in 2007 saying the deal was irrelevant under Egyptian law, ABC News reported.
The lawsuit states “Khosara, Khosara is ‘culturally significant’ in Egypt and local law at the time gave no ‘blanket license to make derivative works that alter or add to the copyright.'”
“At the very least, regardless of the scope of the copyright license, the author is required to consent on a case-by-case basis to any alteration of his work,” it added.
Fahmy’s lawyer, Keith Wesley, also told Page Six his client was not aware of the settlement agreement at the time and they are now seeking fair compensation. He, however, declined to specify the damages they were seeking.
The judge will hear the case on Oct. 13, and Jay Z and Timbaland are expected to testify.