Eminem wins copyright suit against New Zealand political party

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It comes after the National Party was found guilty of ripping off Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" in its 2014 election campaign ad.

A New Zealand political party is to pay more than $400,000 to a U.S. rapper, Eminem, for using music similar to his in a television commercial to help win an election.

New Zealand's National Party was forced to face the music today after being found guilty of infringing upon one of Eminem's classic tracks for a campaign ad.

The judge was a fan of the song, and put on her music critic hat on in her final decision noting that, "The distinctive sound of "Lose Yourself"...is a combination of the other instruments, particularly the guitar riff, the timbre, the strong hypnotic rhythm and the recurring violin instrumentation and the piano figure". She said it was no coincidence the composer of "Eminem Esque" had the music to the original in front of him when he wrote his song.

Cull stopped short of awarding additional damages, saying the party had only used the song after receiving professional advice that it could do so, and hadn't acted recklessly.

National Party President Peter Goodfellow said in a statement he was disappointed with the ruling.

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The National party strongly rejected the allegation at the time of the filing and said the backing track came from an Australian-based production outfit.

Joel Martin, who spoke on behalf of the publishers, said the rapper was not asked for permission to use the song.

Simpsons Solicitors director, Adam Simpson said it's a cautionary tale, that might serve as inspiration to invest in new music.

"'Sound alike' tracks are often used in advertising to be reminiscent of well-known original music, while avoiding appropriate acknowledgement and payment for the use of the original piece". "Eminem Esque has substantially copied 'Lose Yourself, '" the ruling says.

He said the party was considering its next steps and had already lodged a claim against the suppliers and licensors of the sound-alike track.

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