Eminem earns $400k in copyright lawsuit against New Zealand political party

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26 October, 2017

A High Court judgement yesterday ruled music used in the party's 2014 election campaign advertisement closely copied the song "Lose Yourself" by the USA rapper Eminem.

The party were also accused of deliberately trying to avoid licensing fees by using a song called "Eminem Esque" supplied by a company called Beatbox, though they are now considering taking legal action against the company.

The National Party defended the track, which was unfortunately titled "Eminem Esque", saying it originated with Australian producers.

The judge was a fan of the song, and put on her music critic hat on in her final decision noting that, "The distinctive sound of "Lose Yourself"...is a combination of the other instruments, particularly the guitar riff, the timbre, the strong hypnotic rhythm and the recurring violin instrumentation and the piano figure". "We hope that we see more original music in advertising as a result, and that writers get properly acknowledged and rewarded for their hard work".

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"However, the High Court found that before using the track, the Party took extensive advice and sought assurances from industry professionals that the track could be used by the Party".

National Party President Peter Goodfellow said in statement that the party purchased the music from an Australia-based library that had bought it from a USA supplier. "And "Eminem Esque" was one track on that shelf". "The undeniable inference to be drawn from the evidence is that the composer of "Eminem Esque" had "Lose Yourself" in front of him at the time of composition", it added. It was found by a New Zealand court to have "substantially copied" his 2002 hit Lose Yourself.

He said the party was considering its next steps and had already lodged a claim against the suppliers and licensors of the sound-alike track. She noted that Eight Mile Style rarely grants permission to use "Lose Yourself" in advertising.


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