New Zealand’s high court has ruled that the National party infringed on singer Eminem’s copyright and awarded the rapper’s publisher NZ$600,000 (AU$535,000/£315,000) in damages. Eminem filed proceedings against New Zealand’s then governing party in September 2014 for using a version of his song Lose Yourself in an election campaign advertisement.


“Eminem Esque has substantially copied Lose Yourself. The differences between the two works are minimal; the close similarities and the indiscernible differences in drum beat, the ‘melodic line’ and the piano figures make Eminem Esque strikingly similar to Lose Yourself. Eminem Esque substantially reproduces the essence of Lose Yourself. The parts of Eminem Esque used in the National party’s campaign advertisements also substantially reproduce Lose Yourself.” – the ruling stated.


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