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6:53 am, May 2nd, 2017 - 82 comments
Categories: crime, law, music, national, scoundrels, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: coldplay, copyright, eminem, pretty legal, property rights, rip off
In the alleged ripping off of Eminem National knew they were on dodgy ground – Court battle between Eminem and National Party begins
Williams presented evidence to argue that National Party representatives knew copyright could be a problem.
An email chain included a quote from one National Party representative, questioning if their backing track was too similar to Lose Yourself.
“How can we be confident that Eminem doesn’t think we’re ripping him off?
“How do we ensure there is no liability with us?”
The email reply was that the National Party wasn’t liable, because they were only buying a licence for a specific use of music.
The Party was told the composer would be liable for any copyright problems.
Williams was scathing after reading from the emails.
“That is just wrong, in law.
“Also, the focus is on not just whether it’s an infringement. But whether they can shift liability to someone else.”
Typical. Could cost them big – National Party’s ad ‘bland’ and using Eminem song would never be allowed
Detroit-based copyright administrator Joel Martin said the holders would never have granted the party permission to use the original work. Use could have cost US$750,000 to $1m if permission had been given, but a fee after unauthorised use would have been higher.
I hope the National party will lose. Yourself?
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