Eminem wins copyright case against NZ political ads

October 25, 2017

Eminem is $400,000 richer thanks to a New Zealand political party. The party was ordered to pay the rapper money for using music similar to Eminem’s 2002 hit song “Lose Yourself” in a TV commercial that helped the party win a national election.


The song in question was played during the National Party’s 2014 electoral win and was found by a New Zealand court to have “substantially copied” “Lose Yourself”.

The National Party used the song 186 times during the campaign before stopping usage, the court said.

“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.

The National Party said they believed it was a track they could use legally (and said the music was licensed with one of New Zealand’s main industry copyright bodies, the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society.)

National Party President Peter Goodfellow said, “The party is now considering the implications of the judgment and the next steps. We already have a claim against the suppliers and licensors of the track.”

The publisher had exclusive control over the song, and rarely gave permission for its use in advertising, the court said.

Written by Todd Hancock / https://twitter.com/toddcastpodcast