NZ party to pay damages to Eminem

It comes after the National Party was found guilty of ripping off Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" in its 2014 election campaign ad.

The music used in the National Party ad was called Eminem Esque, copying and exploiting the original award-winning music.

"The differences between the two works are minimal; the close similarities and the indiscernible differences in drum beat, the "melodic line" and the piano figures make "Eminem Esque" strikingly similar to 'Lose Yourself, '" the ruling reads in part.

"This decision is a warning to sound-alike music producers and their clients everywhere", Adam Simpson, director of Simpsons Solicitors, who acted for Eminem's music company, Eight Mile Style, said in a statement. "It's a validation to us that this song is absolutely original".

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Martin said he hadn't yet discussed the ruling with Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers III, but was glad the rapper hadn't been needed to travel to New Zealand "to watch the paint dry in the court room".

However, no additional damages were awarded because the National Party's actions were taken after getting professional, commercial, and media advice.

Eminem's track was played during the National Party's 2014 election campaign and titled "Eminem Esque". 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 party's president Peter Goodfellow said: "We purchased the piece of production music from a reputable Australian-based music production library, who had purchased it from a USA supplier". It was calculated and intentional. In my view, the high licensing value placed on Lose Yourself by Eight Mile Style for their "jewel in the crown' justifies a willing licensor to demand a high fee for its use". They are considering their next steps and have lodged a claim against the company that supplied them with the song.


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