Eminem took New Zealand to one of his biggest hits used in advertising in a campaign.
The rapper says that the song used in the advertisement in 2014 by the National Party is an unlicensed version of Lose yourself.
However, the party’s lawyers claim that this was not the case Lose yourselfbut a song called Eminem-esque which they bought from a stock music library.
The trial began on May 1, with both pieces released in court.
A lawyer for Eight Mile Style – a publishing group representing the artist – said Lose yourself it was “emblematic” and “no doubt the jewel in the crown of Eminem’s musical work.”
The 2014 ad included photos of rowers and a soundtrack urging people to “keep the team working” and return the National Party to the office in the upcoming elections.
Back track, Eminem-esque, was strikingly similar to Lose yourself, which appeared in Eminem’s 2002 film. 8 miles.
He had the same insistent driving rhythm, though he didn’t say a word.
The song was taken from a library created by the music production company Beatbox.
Songs that sound similar to famous songs – but different enough to avoid copyright infringement – are routinely present in free-to-use commercial music libraries.
However, Eight Mile Style lawyer Gary Williams said the use of the song was a copyright infringement.
Gary Williams told the court that the emails showed that some members of the National Party team at the time had raised copyright concerns, but decided that the composer, not them, would be held accountable.
It was “just wrong, by law,” he said New Zealand newspaper.
Gary Williams said it was very rare to get permission to use it Lose yourself.
“When it’s licensed, it can manage millions of dollars. It’s so valuable. “ he said.
The National Party denies responsibility for copyright infringement.
Lawyer Greg Arthur said the copyright “was in no way proven by the name given to a piece of music.”
The trial is expected to last six days.