The rapper was accused of stealing “Big Pimpin” after the nephew of an Egyptian songwriter said they used his uncle’s music without permission.
Osama Ahmed Fahmy said that Jay Z and Timbaland didn’t pay for the rights to sample a Baligh Hamdi song for 1999’s “Big Pimpin.”
US District Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled in their favor before the case went before a jury.
Jay Z and Timbaland testified that they thought the license they had was valid to sample the flute notes, which looped over the ode to Jay Z’s bachelorhood in the ’99 single.
Timbaland had reportedly already paid £65,000 ($100,000) in 2001 to settle the legal use of Hamdi’s song, which was written for a 1957 film.
The case was delayed in going to court with Hamdi’s nephew, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, initially filing a legal complaint in 2007.