NZ party to pay damages to Eminem

NZ party to pay damages to Eminem

Eminem has emerged victorious and his publishing company awarded $600,000 ($415,000 USD) after a judge ruled that New Zealand's National Party used his track "Lose Yourself" in campaign ads without permission.

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". "We find it incredible that the National party went to such great lengths to avoid responsibility for using a weak rip-off of 'Lose Yourself, '" he said.

" We wish that we see even more initial music in advertising and marketing consequently and that authors obtain appropriately recognized as well as compensated for their effort".

The lawyers acting for Eminem's music company say the decision "is a warning to "sound alike" music producers and their clients everywhere".

Goodfellow said National "purchased the piece of production music from a reputable Australian-based music production library, who had purchased it from a U.S. supplier".

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Cull stopped short of hitting up the National Party for additional damages, stating that they had acted on professional advice that led to them including the song in the advertisement. The court found the party had not been reckless.

After New Zealand's conservative National Party failed to retain its governorship of the country following last month's general election, it has been dealt another blow. She said it was no coincidence the composer of "Eminem Esque" had the music to the original in front of him when he wrote his song.

The National Party said it was disappointed with the ruling.

He said the party was considering its next steps and already had lodged a claim against the suppliers and licence holders of the Eminem Esque track. It was found by a New Zealand court to have "substantially copied" his 2002 hit Lose Yourself.

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

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