Eminem sues National Party

16/09/2014

Publishers of rapper Eminem's copyrights have filed for damages over alleged infringement against the New Zealand National Party.

The proceedings stem from allegations that unauthorised use has been made of the song 'Lose Yourself' in election campaign advertising run by the National Party in the lead up to the 2014 New Zealand General Election.

"Eminem's publishers were not approached for permission to use any of Eminem's songs for this campaign advertisement," says Joel Martin, speaking on behalf Eight Mile Style, LLC and Martin Affiliated, LLC.

"It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand by the introduction of the three strikes copyright reforms should itself have so little regard for copyright. We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protect the integrity of Eminem's works, particularly where a party, as here, has sought to associate itself with Eminem and his work."

'Lose Yourself' was honoured with Grammy and Academy Awards and is rarely authorised to advertise products. Its owns say they would never allow it to be used in connection with any political campaign.

The publishers have previously sued Apple for using an Eminem track in an advertisement without permission.

There was also a dispute with Audi in which the publishers alleged the car manufacturers wrongfully used a substantial reproduction of 'Lose Yourself' in its advertising.

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