Fahmy v. Jay-Z

(United States Ninth Circuit) – In an amended opinion, held that an Egyptian musical composer’s heir could not sue the rapper Jay-Z and other defendants for copyright infringement. Jay- Z had sampled the composer’s 1957 musical arrangement in one of his hit songs. Affirmed judgment as a matter of law for the defendants, concluding that …

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ABS Entertainment Inc. v. CBS Corp.

(United States Ninth Circuit) – In an amended opinion, reinstated musical recording owners’ claims that radio broadcasters violated their state law copyrights in pre-1972 analog sound recordings that were later remastered onto digital formats. Reversed the entry of summary judgment for the broadcasters and also reversed the striking of the plaintiffs’ class certification motion.