Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, May 1st, 2017 - 41 comments
Categories: crime, law, music, national, scoundrels, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: coldplay, copyright, eminem, pretty legal, property rights, rip off
Today National, party of personal responsibility and property rights, is in court for allegedly ripping off an artist – Eminem and National Party set for court battle
Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, aka Slim Shady has taken New Zealand’s governing political party to court, accusing it of using backing music to his song Lose Yourself in its 2014 election campaign TV advertisements.
A three week trial is set to begin in the High Court at Wellington tomorrow, with lawyers for the American rapper seeking damages for copyright infringement.
The National Party has flatly denied the allegations and said the music came from an Australian-based production outfit and had been used by others without complaint.
Steven Joyce, who managed the election campaign, said after the stoush first broke out he thought the use of the song was “pretty legal”.
“Pretty legal”? The court might decide otherwise.
— Keith Ng (@keith_ng) April 30, 2017