New Zealand party told to pay for breached Eminem copyright

New Zealand party told to pay for breached Eminem copyright

New Zealand party told to pay for breached Eminem copyright

The song, entitled Eminem-esque, bore only minimal differences to the original, according to a court ruling.

The High Court of New Zealand today found the National Party of New Zealand ripped-off Eminem's hit song Lose Yourself in its 2014 election advertising campaign and ordered significant damages. She claimed it was no coincidence the composer of "Eminem Esque" had the music to the initial in front of him when he composed his track.

The judgment considered the drum patterns, background chords and violin tones of each version, all of which it said bore "close similarities". She noted that Eight Mile Style seldom allows consent to use "Lose Yourself" in advertising. "Eminem Esque has substantially copied 'Lose Yourself, '" the ruling says.

The National Party also reportedly used the song 186 times before the ad was pulled off of the air, leading to the lawsuit being filed.

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Although the National Party legal team had tried to argue Lose Yourself wasn't a very original work to begin with, Justice Helen Cull found Eminem's Lose Yourself was "a highly original work".

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. It was calculated and intentional. "They knew we would not have permitted the use of the song in their political advertisement; however, they proceeded at their own risk and blamed others for their infringement". 'Being licensed and available for purchase, and having taken advice from our suppliers, the party believed the purchase was legal.

"This decision is a warning to "soundalike" music producers and their clients everywhere", said Simpsons Solicitors director Adam Simpson, who acted for Eminem's music company.

Mr Goodfellow said that the Party is now considering the implications of the judgment and the next steps.

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