Copyright protip

May 18th, 2011  |  Tags:

If you’re concerned about the “moral rights” to your copyrighted work, don’t license it to someone in a country that doesn’t recognize these. This linked case concerns the children of Egyptian songwriter Baligh Hamdy, who licensed Hamdy’s song “Khosara, Khosara” to Jay-Z, who turned it into the vulgar-but-catchy earworm “Big Pimpin” in 2000. One of Hamdy’s children sued Jay-Z and EMI in 2007, alleging that Mr. Carter’s license to use the work only covered unmodified reproduction. Looks like they should have consulted the Creative Commons! (Honestly, though, what did Hamdy’s heirs expect Jay-Z was going to do with a copyright license to a song if not “sampling it, looping it and adding his lyrics?”)