Eminem wins copyright dispute against a political party in New Zealand for using “Lose Yourself” in campaign ad

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A party politician in New Zealand was ordered to pay a fine of around $ 600,000 NZD or ($415,000 USD) in compensation in a copyright infringement suit filed by US rapper Eminem.

The National Party used a song with melodies and rhythms similar to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ in an election ad.

Party lawyers argue that the song is not a Lose Yourself, but a song entitled Eminem-esque , which they bought from a music stock library.

In a 132-page decision released by Justice Helen Cull on Wednesday, the Wellington High Court judge found Eminem’s Lose Yourself was a “highly original” work and the “soundalike” version called Eminem-esque, which National used in a campaign advert in 2014, substantially copied it.

“The close similarities and the indiscernible differences in drum beat, the ‘melodic line’ and the piano figures, make Eminem Esque strikingly similar to Lose Yourself,” Justice Helen Cull wrote in her final judgement.

The National Party broadcast the song 186 times on television during the 2014 campaign.

Below are the National Party’s 2014 Election Ad and Eminem’s Lose Yourself.  Can you spot the difference?