Jay-Z and Timbaland are being faced with a high cost copyright infringement lawsuit over the sampling of artist Earnie HinesÂ composition, ÂLet Me Put Out the Flame”.
The 81 year old soul artist has listed Roc-A-Fella Records, Timbaland, Sony Music and Hov in the $2million suit in which he will be suing for damages. In the suit, HinesÂ team has stated the 1969 track ÂHelp MeÂ was sampled and used on Jay-ZÂs 1998 song ÂPaper ChaseÂ . Additionally, Timbaland also sampled from the ÂPaper ChaseÂ song for GinuwineÂs 1999 hit single, ÂToe 2 Toe,Â which sold over 2 million copies. The 81 year old claims that due to his old age, he does not listen to rap music and was unaware of the Jay-Z track that was released 20 years ago.
Both Jay-Z and Timbaland failed to ask for the soul artists permssion to sample his song before either track was released. In line with this, Hine is suing both the artists and their record labels.
This isnÂt the first time the duo have been faced with a copyright infringement lawsuit. In 2007, Osama Fahmy filed a suit claiming the rapper and producer illegally use a sample of his late uncleÂs song in ÂBig Pimpin.Â The case was dismissed in 2016.
Hines, is expecting to get at least $2 million from the suit.