In 2014 the Nat party campaign video used music that sounded a lot like Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. Eminem sued. Campaign manager Steven Joyce (aka Mr Fuxit) famously described their actions as “pretty legal”. National clearly think that’s good enough, but the court might beg to differ. There was further maneuvering in the ongoing case yesterday – Lawyers for Eminem, National Party back in court
In September, spokesman for the publishers Joel Martin said Eminem was never approached for permission to use his work in National’s rowing-themed election ads, which featured backing music similar to the riff of Lose Yourself.
“It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand by the introduction of the three strikes copyright reforms should itself have so little regard for copyright,” he said at the time.”