Eminem Lands Thousands In Damages After New Zealand National Party Copyright Breach

Eminem Lands Thousands In Damages After New Zealand National Party Copyright Breach”

The party used the song during its successful 2014 election campaign before pulling the advertisement off the air.

The then-Government fought its case in the High Court in May this year, accused of knowingly trying to sidestep licensing fees by using the track Eminem Esque.

Cull ruled that Eminem Esque "substantially" copied Lose Yourself, to the point where the differences between the two were "minimal".

Speaking by phone from Detroit, Eight Mile Style publisher Joel Martin claimed he'd been exasperated throughout the trial by the defense's ridiculous contention that "Lose Yourself" wasn't original because it used the same chords as various other tunes.

"I hope it means we see more original music in advertising and those people who do want to use sound-alike's do so much more cautiously".

Martin said he hadn't yet discussed the ruling with Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers III, but was glad the rapper hadn't been needed to travel to New Zealand "to watch the paint dry in the court room".

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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".

The National Party's 2014 election ads were broadcast more than a hundred times before they were replaced.

Attorney Garry Williams, representing Eminem, noted that the rapper rarely licensed the song and that it is a "jewel in the crown of Eminem's catalogue". "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.

National Party President Peter Goodfellow said in a statement he was disappointed with the ruling.

National said it believed it had purchased the music, titled Eminem Esque, legally as it came from a reputable Australia-based music production library. It was calculated and intentional.

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