Eminem Will Donate Proceeds From New Zealand Lawsuit to Hurricane Victims

Emmett Rice
October 29, 2017

A judge quotes lyrics from the rapper's hit Lose Yourself as she delivers a blow to the country's main conservative party.

A rep for Eminem said on Thursday that the rapper will be donating to hurricane relief any proceeds he receives from a New Zealand court ruling announced Wednesday.

"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.

"'Eminem Esque" substantially reproduces the essence of "Lose Yourself.' The parts of Eminem Esque used in the National Party's campaign advertisements also substantially reproduce 'Lose Yourself'".

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You better lose yourself the moment you try to copy an Eminem song.

The National Party said the music was licensed with one of New Zealand's main industry copyright bodies, the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS).

The backing track used in the National Party's advert, which appeared more than 100 times on TV during the 2014 campaign, had been taken from a library made by production music company Beatbox. Its president Peter Goodfellow said: 'We purchased the music from a reputable Australian-based music production library, who had purchased it from a USA supplier'.

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