Fahmy v. Jay-Z, et al., 07-cv-5715-CAS (C.D. Cal. decided. Dec. 9, 2011) [Doc. 309].
Plaintiff brought this copyright infringement action concerning the song Big Pimpin'. The Court concluded that plaintiff may recover damages from any infringement only within three years prior to the filing of his lawsuit unless he can provide other bases for equitably tolling the statute. The Court, however, was unpersuaded by any of the three bases offered by plaintiff for why the statutory period should be equitably tolled. The mere fact that plaintiff lived in Egypt and speaks little to no English did not toll the statutory period. Alleged misrepresentations by the record label did not toll the statute. Lastly, the existence of a prior judicial action did not toll the statute. "Ultimately, plaintiff cannot avoid the fact that he admittedly knew that Big Pimpin’ allegedly infringed Khosara, Khosara by December 2000, more than six years prior to filing the present lawsuit."
The Court next turned to the question of whether Jay-Z’s concert revenues are properly considered direct or indirect profits resulting from his allegedly infringing performances of Big Pimpin’. Because the Court determined that this question presented a triable issue, the Court reserved judgment as to whether plaintiff is able to prove the requisite causal nexus.
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