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article imageNZ political party sued by Eminem's publishers

By Owen Weldon     Sep 16, 2014 in Entertainment
American rapper Eminem's music publishers filed a lawsuit against New Zealand's ruling party over music that it used in a infomercial.
According to ABC, the lawsuit was filed on Tuesday. The suit, filed by Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated, claims that the National Party breached copyright laws by using "Lose Yourself."
Joel Martin, a spokesman for the companies, said that the case was filed in the high court in New Zealand and they are seeking damages.
Martin said that it's disappointing and ironic that the political party that champions for the rights of music publishers in New Zealand had little regard for copyright. Martin continued to say that the companies do not hesitate to take action to protect Eminem's works.
According to Daily Mail, Martin continued to say that the publishers were not approached for permission to use "Lose Yourself" or any other songs by Eminem.
The National Party said that the song was sourced from production outfit based in Australia. They continued to say that they will be defending the action vigorously.
The National Party said that they were alerted about the copyright infringement complaint two weeks ago, and they made a compromise to stop using the song. The spokesman for the National Party also said that even though they had taken action, the complainant was not satisfied.
Steve Joyce, the campaign manager for the National Party, said that they went through the proper licensing procedures and they think the publishers are just having a bit of an eye for the main chance due to it being an election campaign.
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