Eminem copyright, New Zealand political party to pay $415000

The 2014 National Party advert showed a rowing team with a voice speaking over a Eminem-style music track

The 2014 National Party advert showed a rowing team with a voice speaking over a Eminem-style music track

A High Court judgement yesterday ruled music used in the party's 2014 election campaign advertisement closely copied the song "Lose Yourself" by the U.S. rapper Eminem.

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

The High Court has awarded $600,000 to Eight Mile Style which published the song, the fee being the "hypothetical licence fee" since 2014 if they had been given permission to use the song for their advertising.

The High Court said the sound-alike track "substantially copied" Lose Yourself and the differences between the two are minimal. "We think it's a very strong judgment, and a cautionary tale for people who make or use sound-alikes around the world", said Adam Simpson, the man who represented Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style during this case.

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.

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Cull stopped short of hitting up the National Party for additional damages, stating that they had acted on professional advice that led to them including the song in the advertisement.

"National is disappointed with today's High Court decision", its president Peter Goodfellow said.

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 case could have implications for other organizations that use so-called "sound-alike" tracks sold by commercial operators.

"Eminem Esque clearly stepped over the line". Then-prime minister John Key's party claimed they got the music from music supplier Beatbox, which assured them that it was an original work and legal to use in Australia and New Zealand. "It copied the essential elements that made "Lose Yourself' a global hit".

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