Culture

You own it: New Zealand party told to pay for Eminem rip-off

But Eight Mile's lawyer Gary Williams said the National Party infringed copyright by using the song, or a substantial reproduction of it.

The court ruled that Eight Mile Style was entitled to damages of $600,000 with interest from 28 June 2014.

According to the NZ Herald, the party coughed up $4,800 for the music from licensed music company Beatbox and in court argued it had done so in good faith.

The court said in a statement that "between 20 to 30 August 2014, the advertisements, with Eminem Esque synchronised to them, were played 186 times on New Zealand television".

Eminem's publishers argued the music was a rip-off of the rapper's acclaimed Grammy and Academy Award-winning song "Lose Yourself" from the soundtrack of the 2002 movie "8 Mile". She said it was no coincidence the composer of "Eminem Esque" had the music to "Lose Yourself" in front of him when he wrote his song. "I find that Lose Yourself is a highly original work".

More news: The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS)

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.

"We purchased the piece of production music from a reputable Australian-based music production library, who had purchased it from a USA supplier", said National Party President Peter Goodfellow.

"We already have a claim against the suppliers and licensors of the track".

The case was filed in 2014, and the court heard the songs and arguments in May.

United States comedian John Oliver mocked the proceedings as the court case rolled on, especially Steven Joyce's comments that that party thought the use of the music was "pretty legal".



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


25 October 2017
Caterpillar profits top expectations, lifting shares
Of the analysts who provided ratings, 7 rated the company a Hold, 1 rated it a Strong Sell, and 4 rated it a Strong Buy. Caterpillar, Inc . has a 12 month low of $80.33 and a 12 month high of $132.34. ( CAT ) opened at 131.68 on Tuesday.

25 October 2017
Star cricketer denies exposing himself to therapist
Gayle asked her: "What are you looking for?" the court heard, according to the Herald. "I remember being upset", Russell said. The next day, on 12 February, Russell said she got the bus to the SCG and set up the massage table and waited outside.

25 October 2017
Chinese Scientists Successfully Use Mouse Genes to Create Genetically Low-Fat Pigs
Of these mother pigs, three became pregnant and they finally gave birth to the 12 healthy male pigs called the UCP1 KI pigs. Raising pigs for food is a tricky business-mostly due to their fat, the part that makes bacon so tasty.

25 October 2017
Mazda Vision Coupe concept is a stunning four-door coupe
At the back, the minimalist theme continues with slim tail-lights, a simple bumper and quad exhaust outlets. Mazda says that the goal with the Vision Coupe concept was "the pursuit of a unique elegance".

25 October 2017
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus closes on unbeaten year as Wolves approach
I had everybody's support, from my family, everyone at Manchester City . "That helped me a lot to overcome the injury". It's just a matter of time before Sergio Aguero becomes Manchester City's all-time top scorer.

25 October 2017
Education Dept rescinds documents on rights of students with disabilities
The good news, Scott said, is that "notwithstanding the actions taken by the Department today, the regulations still remained enforced".

25 October 2017
Trump mette in stato di allerta i bombardieri b52
Altri Paesi stanno invece cercando di seguire una via diplomatica, soluzione che però non trova la Corea del Nord molto consenziente.

25 October 2017
Dreamworld tragedy 'shattered' lives, victims' mother says
Kate Goodchild's daughter was on the ride also but was flung off to safety, as was another child. Dreamworld staff will hold a private ceremony to mark one year since the fatal accident.

25 October 2017
Justin Bieber Was Just Spotted at Selena Gomez's House
Good thing he's got hired muscle to protect him! The woman, who is reportedly in her 40s, never went inside the pop star's home. The woman was arrested for suspicion of trespassing and was being held at Beverly Hills Police Department on $4,000 bail.

25 October 2017
Cate Blanchett Speaks Out Against Policing What Women Wear and Steve Bannon
Zendaya told Vogue in July that her basement in California was a backdrop for Black Panther meetings in the 1960s. If you can believe it, this is just one of many looks the "Spider-man: Homecoming" star has already worn in 2017.