Oct 25, 2017

Eminem wins damages in New Zealand copyright case

A New Zealand political party has been ordered to pay NZ$600,000 in compensation in a breach of copyright suit filed by US rapper Eminem. Eminem's music publisher, Eight Mile Style, filed proceedings after the National Party used an unlicensed version of the Oscar-winning song in a 2014 campaign advert. The court ruled on Wednesday that the track was "Sufficiently similar" to Eminem's "Highly original work", adding that it did indeed infringe copyright laws. "The nature of the use is not what Eminem or Eight Mile Style would endorse," the judgment added. Songs which sound similar to famous tracks - but different enough to avoid breaching copyright - routinely feature in free-to-use commercial music libraries.

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