In the parlance of Jenner & Block client Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, the firm helped save the rapper some big cheese last year. Jay-Z faced a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the nephew of an Egyptian composer whose song “Khosara, Khosara” was sampled in the 2000 megahit “Big Pimpin.”
Jenner partner Andrew Bart, co-chairman of the firm’s content, media and entertainment practice, was hired to represent Jay-Z personally. On the first day of trial, Bart successfully argued that U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder should exclude references to the song’s lyrics, which Fahmy’s lawyer portrayed as “vulgar.”
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