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SC rejects Eminem plea to reduce damages in breach of copyright for 'Lose Yourself'

Devdiscourse News Desk | Wellington | Updated: 15-05-2019 13:20 IST | Created: 15-05-2019 11:32 IST
SC rejects Eminem plea to reduce damages in breach of copyright for 'Lose Yourself'
The track played during the centre-right National Party's successful 2014 election campaign and titled "Eminem Esque", was found by a lower court to have "substantially copied" Lose Yourself. Image Credit: Flickr

New Zealand's top court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by U.S. rapper Eminem against a lower court ruling that reduced the damages a political party was ordered to pay for using music similar to his 2002 hit "Lose Yourself" in a TV commercial. His music company Eight Mile was awarded NZ$600,000 ($393,840) in damages in 2017 after a court ruled the use of the track was a breach of copyright.

The Court of Appeal later reduced that amount to NZ$225,000 and Eight Mile appealed to the Supreme Court. "We have considered these points carefully but we are not persuaded that they are matters of public importance or general commercial significance that would justify a further appeal," the Supreme Court said in its ruling.

The track played during the centre-right National Party's successful 2014 election campaign and titled "Eminem Esque", was found by a lower court to have "substantially copied" Lose Yourself. The National Party used the song 186 times during the campaign before taking the ad off the air, the court said. The Supreme Court ordered Eight Mile pay the National Party NZ$4,500 in costs.


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