National Party found guilty of Eminem copyright breach

The 2014 National Party advert showed a rowing team with a voice speaking over a Eminem-style music track

The case related to a song titled, 'Lose Yourself, ' an Original track of Eminem allegedly used by the National Party calling its song, Eminem Esque and used in the 2014 General Election advertising campaign.

A New Zealand political party is to pay more than $400,000 to a U.S. rapper, Eminem, for using music similar to his in a television commercial to help win an election.

Speaking by phone from Detroit, Eight Mile Style publisher Joel Martin said he'd been infuriated during the trial by the defense's absurd contention that "Lose Yourself" wasn't original because it used the same chords as other songs. "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.

Cull stopped short of awarding additional damages, saying the party had only used the song after receiving professional advice that it could do so, and hadn't acted recklessly. National Party President Peter Goodfellow stated that he was disappointed with the judge's decision, seeing as the group had bought the music in good faith from an Australia-based outlet, who in turn got their content from the United States.

"The music was licensed with one of New Zealand's main industry copyright bodies, the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society [AMCOS]".

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The case could have implications for other organizations that use so-called "sound-alike" tracks sold by commercial operators. She noted that Eight Mile Style rarely grants permission to use "Lose Yourself" in advertising.

"Eminem Esque clearly stepped over the line".

"This decision is a warning to "sound alike" music producers and their clients everywhere", Mr Adam Simpson said. "We already have a claim against the suppliers and licensors of the track". "Eminem Esque has substantially copied 'Lose Yourself, '" the ruling says.

"Changing a few notes here and there just doesn't cut it".

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