Eminem’s NZ Court Case Gets Date

The copyright case taken by Eminem‘s publishers against the New Zealand’s ruling National Party finally has a court hearing. It will begin May 2017 in the Wellington High Court and isexpected to run for three weeks.  

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Detroit-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated are suing National Party over the music used in its 2014 rowing-themed election campaign. The two publishers claim it is similar to Eminem’s award-winning 2002 hit “Lose Yourself.”

They previously stated that neither they nor their star client would have allowed the use of the song for any political purposes. The National Party claims it licensed the track from a production music supplier Beatbox, which is based in Australia and Singapore.

In 2008, the party had to recall thousands of DVDs after EMI Music NZ expressed concern that they feature a track similar to that of a Coldplay song.