The nephew of late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi has added promoters at concert firm Live Nation to his long-running copyright infringement lawsuit against Jay Z.
Osama Ahmed Fahmy has been fighting the rapper and bosses at MTV, Paramount Pictures, Warner Music and others for the past eight years over claims Jay Z's 2000 hit Big Pimpin' hit illegally samples Khosara, Khosara from the 1960 Egyptian film Fata Ahlami.
And now he has added Live Nation executives to the suit in a fresh filing on Wednesday (18Feb15).
According to the new complaint, Big Pimpin' has been mentioned regularly in Jay Z concert previews and a "substantial percentage of people who purchased tickets to Jay Z's shows hoped he would perform Big Pimpin', expected he would perform Big Pimpin', and would have been disappointed if he had not performed Big Pimpin'."
Fahmy's suit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, continues, "On information and belief, Live Nation has profited substantially from Jay Z's performance of Big Pimpin', including, but not limited to, profits from ticket sales, merchandise, parking, concessions, and other revenue streams.
"Live Nation knew that Big Pimpin' infringed upon the Khosara, Khosara copyright, but it nevertheless continued to sponsor, promote, and facilitate Jay Z's performances of the infringing work."
The plaintiff is seeking actual damages and profits as well as an injunction restraining Live Nation from promoting, producing or facilitating any live performance of Big Pimpin'.
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