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    Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:16:49

    Jay-Z "Big Pimpin'" Lawsuit Going to Trial - He is accused of copyright infringement

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    We will spare you the gory, legal rigmarole and let you know that Jay-Z will head to trial over allegations that he committed copyright infringement with his song "Big Pimpin.'" He is accused of stealing the melody of an Egyptian song from 1957 for his modern hit, which dropped in 2000.

    At first, the Hova's lawyers tried to throw the case out, saying the song was governed by the 1909 Copyright Act, which is related to time frame. However, a district judge says the copyright owner can see his case through to trial based on time frame. It's complicated, with lots of details, so we'll just leave it at that. It's going to trial.

    It's a big mess.

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    —Katie Sheehan
    12.16.11



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