Eminem’s smash hit “Lose Yourself” from the 8 Mile soundtrack has been an international favorite since its debut in 2003. But now he’s fighting an overseas battle over a recent copyright infringement committed by the National Party of New Zealand. According to local news outlet Stuff, Eight Mile Style, LLC and Martin Affiliated, LLC, the publishing companies that work with Eminem, are pushing to sue the political party for using an intro that sounds too much like Em’s smash hit “Lose Yourself” in a recent election ad, which you can watch above.
Now, the National Party is denying any wrong-doing and claims they obtained the proper licensing with the distributors of the song. Since the lawsuit has been made public, the political party’s campaign manager sticks to the claim that the process of creating the ad was all legal.
“We think it’s pretty legal, we think these guys are having a crack and have a bit of an eye for the main chance because it’s an election campaign,” campaign manager Steven Joyce told New Zealand press. “We’ve got all the licensing, we’ve told them that and made it clear again this afternoon. We also incidentally moved on from this song about two weeks ago at the same time they first started to raise questions. I think they’re just trying to shake us down for some money before the election.”
However, a rep for both of Eminem’s publishers claim neither Em nor the companies were even approached for permission to use the tune. Joel Martin states that the party has yet to take ultimate responsibility for the copyright.
“It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand by the introduction of the three strikes copyright reforms should itself have so little regard for copyright.”