Osama Fahmy, nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, has lost the case in which he was attempting to sue Jay Z and Timbaland for the use of Hamdi's 'Khosara Khosara' in 'Big Pimpin''.

Gahmy argued his "moral rights," understandably, but Jay Z and Timbaland countered by saying that moral rights could not be invoked on an American license. Of course – there are no morals in a court of law! Just the law! And those who play it!

Had this been relatives of Marvin Gaye – who successfully sued Robin Thicke et al. because 'Blurred Lines' sounded a bit like Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up – they probably would've won. But Hamdi's relative can't win a case in which Hamdi's actual music was lifted and used?

The problem here was that Fahmy had actually signed all rights to 'Khosara Khosara' to Cairo record label, Soutelphan – meaning there was no case, and which is what the judge ruled. But here's an interesting thing: Soutelphan is distributed by Universal Music MENA, UMG's Middle Eastern arm; 'Big Pimpin'' was released, of course, by Roc-A-Fella – a subsidiary of Universal Music. So, regardless of who made it and when, if something "belongs" to the record label, it can effectively be used… willy-nilly. That's an English term and it means wantonly.