Eminem lawsuit against New Zealand political party begins

Style Eminem's publisher by using the tune in a 2014 election television commercial

The star's Detroit-based music publishers claim the song, which was used in a 2014 advert by the National Party, was an unlicensed version of Lose Yourself, one of his biggest hits.

That reproduction was accessed by the party through an agency and at one stage had the name "Eminem Abbr", which was later changed to "Eminem-esque".

He said that meant rights to the work were "enormously valuable" and were strictly controlled by the publisher, which had rarely licensed them for advertising purposes.

Eminem's representatives have brought suit against New Zealand's National Party, saying the backing track for a 2014 commercial is a blatant knockoff of Academy Award-winning "Lose Yourself".

Even if the party only authorised the infringement, that in itself would be a breach of copyright, he said.

He told the Court that when the ad was being put together, those working for the National Party were specifically looking for a track similar to Lose Yourself.

Mr Williams quoted the National Party emails; including ones which showed raised concerns by members of the National Party, and said it was "utterly clear" the party knew it was using a copyrighted song.

Bass said that while he'd heard those chords played before, he'd never heard them in that particular rhythm.

Outside court, Bass said he thought his evidence had gone "pretty well".

It was taken from a library made by production music company Beatbox, BBC reported. Members apparently wanted something that sounded "edgy" and "modern", and found that "Eminem Esque" tested better in focus groups than classical music. Eight Mile Style says the soundtrack infringes the copyright of the Eminem song "Lose Yourself".

Of course, artists getting annoyed when politicians use their music is quite common, and was a regular occurrence during Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

The National Party's lawyer has told the court that the original aspects of Lose Yourself needed to be assessed.



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