I hope National’s lawyers have listened to Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

The Media are wetting their pants over the court case between National and Eminem over the song Lose Yourself.

It’s a highly unusual day in the High Court; Eminem’s Lose Yourself plays to a room of unsmiling lawyers and a High Court Justice.

While rap isn’t usually played in court, this song is the centre of a legal battle between the National Party, and those who own the copyright on the song.

A backing track used in a 2014 National Party campaign ad was alleged to be an unlicensed version of Eminem’s song, and today the case is being heard at the High Court in Wellington.

Eminem is as litigious as Colin Craig.

But it appears no one has ever done anything about what appears to me to be a straight copy of a 1975 song by Led Zeppelin.

And this is Lose Yourself written in 2002.

And here is an explanation of where Kashmir came from:

Give Eminem was only 3 years old in 1975 when Kashmir was released it seems rather far fetched that he came up with it all by himself.

One artist has even merged both songs so you see exactly how similar they are:

It seems Eminem is rather precious over a political advertisement, especially given the similarities between Lose Yourself and a song written 27 years earlier.


-NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.