It's a good week for Jay Z - the rapper will not have to part with any of his mega-fortune after a judge ruled him not liable in the copyright case for his 1999 hit 'Big Pimpin'.

Jay Z and the song's producer Timbaland had been brought to court by the nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, who claimed that the pair sampled his song 'Khosara Khosara' without permission.

However, during the week-long trial, it was revealed that the nephew had signed all rights of the song to a Middle Eastern record company in 2002, who had licensed it for use outside of Egypt.

Hamdi's family were attempting to sue on the basis of 'moral rights', but that concept is allegedly not recognised in the US.

Timbaland had said that he paid $100,000 to clear the sample in 2001.