In a novel copyright lawsuit, Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin'” is accused of violating the moral rights of a deceased Egyptian whose song was sampled in HOVA’s big hit and, everyone thought, properly licensed. The Atlantic explains:
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According to the AP, a lawyer for the heirs of the Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, whose 1950s song “Khosara Khosara” was used in the hit, have “accused the men of violating Hamdi’s ‘moral rights,’ a legal concept he said is well-established in Egypt that would have required them to get permission to use elements of ‘Khosara Khosara’ in a song celebrating a promiscuous lifestyle.”
The American way of thinking goes that the two men, having repeatedly paid the copyright fees for the song, should therefore be free to do whatever they wish with the music.