Eminem sues John Key

Or so the media would have you believe.  The truth is that it’s some rights company that is suing National, in spite of the fact National purchased what it believed was the rights to the song from an agent claiming to act on behalf of Eminem’s publisher.

The publisher of United States’ rap star Eminem is taking the National Party to court, with a hearing set down for next week.

Last year it was revealed that Eight Mile Style LLC and Martin Affiliated LLC, the Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s copyrights, intended to sue the The National Party.

They allege the National Party breached copyright by using a song that sounded similar to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ in its campaign advertisements throughout the 2014 election.

Eight Mile Style will be taking a civil case against the New Zealand National Party, with a hearing scheduled for next Friday at the High Court in Wellington.

Eminem’s publishers claimed they were not approached for permission to use any of Eminem’s songs for the campaign advertisement.

The National Party rejected those allegations and said the music was purchased by the book.

At the time, National’s campaign chairman Steven Joyce said National stopped using the music in its advertising after the publishers contacted them.

It was pretty legal.   In the sense that it wasn’t, but they thought it was.   If you thought Sabin was a beat-up, what about this?    Eminem’s publisher is basically a dickhead for even taking out civil action against National for what was an unintentional breach.  

Today, National Party Secretary Greg Hamilton said the party stood by all comments that were made in a statement released last September.

“The National Party is defending this action and will not be making any further public comment until it is resolved.”

The music license and fee were arranged through the Australasian Performing Rights Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA/AMCOS), who act as agents for Beatbox in Australia and New Zealand, organisations which existed to protect the rights of artists, the party said.

“The National Party will be defending this action vigorously. As the matter is now before the courts we will not be making any further public comment.”

I’m not sure what the hell the Publisher is trying to achieve here.  Even if they can get the court to declare a technical breach, the intent wasn’t to do so.  I can’t see any damages arising from this action amounting more than a few hundred dollars at most.

In any event, the Publisher is taking the wrong people to court.  The Australasian Performing Rights Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society are the ones that pretended to sell the National Party the license.   It is their breach of duty that’s the issue – not a customer that operated in good faith and understood to have paid for permission to use Eminem’s work.

The elephant in the room is:  why a court case that’s not going to go anywhere?   Who is behind it?   I doubt it is Marshall Mathers personally.  It has a political smell to it.

 

– NZME


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