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National Party found guilty of Eminem copyright breach

26 October, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Jan Cross
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Earlier this year, Eminem's lawsuit against New Zealand's National Party went to trial. Indeed, the song, which was the centerpiece of "Eight Mile", Eminem's semi-autobiographical acting debut, won both an Oscar and a Grammy and was the rapper's longest-reigning chart hit to date, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks beginning in November 2002.

The National Party was ridiculed back in 2014 when the case was first filed and lawmaker Steven Joyce defended using the song, an action he said was "pretty legal".

In her ruling, Presiding Judge Justice Helen Cull said, "Eminem Esque is strikingly similar to Lose Yourself with minimal discernible differences and objectively, it was created to "sound like" Eminem andLose Yourself..." He said they found out that National's advertisement was originally set to use "Lose Yourself" before settling on "Eminem Esque".

She said it was no coincidence the composer of Eminem Esque had the music to Lose Yourself in front of him when he wrote his song.

"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 publisher had exclusive control over the song, and rarely gave permission for its use in advertising, the court said.

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"Sound alike" tracks are often used in advertising to be reminiscent of well-known original music, while avoiding appropriate acknowledgement and payment for the use of the original piece.

National Party President Peter Goodfellow claimed in the declaration he was dissatisfied with the ruling.

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 US supplier.

"Eminem Esque clearly stepped over the line".

Simpsons Solicitors director, Adam Simpson said it's a cautionary tale, that might serve as inspiration to invest in new music. "Eminem Esque has substantially copied 'Lose Yourself, '" the ruling says.

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