United States Ninth Circuit

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Fahmy v. Jay-Z, 16-55213

Affirming the district court's grant of judgment as a matter of law in favor of rapper Jay-Z and other defendants in the case of copyright infringement claims brought by the heir to an Egyptian composer's copyright on the arrangement of a song used as a sample in the hit single 'Big Pimpin' because the heri lacked standing to bring copyright claims. The rights had been transferred by an earlier agreement and Egyptian law recognizes a transferable right of adaptation.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/05/31


  • BEA


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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