*Fear of a videotaped deposition getting in the hands of the media has motivated Jay Z to demand that it be kept under lock and key and not in the hands of the man suing him over a sample used in his classic hit, “Big Pimpin.’”
In documents filed on Oct. 5 which demand that Osama Ahmed Fahmy not obtain a copy of his deposition without a watermark, Jay Z cited a leaked deposition from rapper Lil Wayne that appeared in various media outlets as evidence of leaked celebrity depositions that have turned up over the last few years via the media.
According to Jay Z, although Fahmy is now claiming the watermark is distracting, he isn’t buying that excuse and fears the video will end up in the media if Fahmy is given a un-watermarked copy, theJasmineBrand.com reports.
In light of no one every being caught for leaking Lil Wayne’s deposition, Jay Z is afraid for his privacy, saying that his deposition in the case, Fahmy agreed to have the videographer hand deliver the tape to the court reporters office and be held under lock and key. The rap mogul adds that while the tape features a watermark it doesn’t obstruct his facial expressions and the jury will be able to see the whole deposition.
In Jay Z’s eyes, Fahmy’s demand for a copy of the deposition without the watermark is only being done for selfish reason. As a result, he doesn’t trust that it will remain private if Fahmy gets the tape.
Further adding to the situation is Jay Z mentioning that he is going to testify in the trial, thereby lessening the importance of the videotaped deposition since he will be in courtroom.
As a result, Jay Z is demanding to have the deposition remain under lock and key or it will most likely be exploited.
The rap icon’s demands are the latest development surrounding Fahmy’s ongoing lawsuit. At the center of the case is a sample from “‘Khosara, Khosara,” a musical composition created by Fahmy’ father, 1960’s composer Baligh Hamdy. Fahmy is Hamdy’s heir.
In his suit, Fahmy claims he licensed out his father’s song but with a moral clause. He goes on to say the clause was violated when Jay Z used it in “Big Pimpin’” because he had included the sample in a song that glorified things his father did not stand for in his life.
Jay-Z and his label counter Fahmy’s claims, arguing that they obtained the right license to use the sample and did nothing wrong.