During an election campaign ad, the New Zealand’s ruling political party used a piece of library music called “Eminem-esque”, which sounded like the famous track “Lose Yourself”. It sounded so much alike that the rapper’s publishing company decided to sue the political party for copyright infringement!
Last year, the dispute went to court, and the political party said that this track was licenced by a production music company, which was called Beatbox. However, some emails were produced between the political party and some third parties, arguing if their track sounded too much like “Lose Yourself”.
The Eminem company used these emails to argue it showed that they were aware of copyright infringement, even if they apparently had a lookalike licence!
We are still waiting for the judge’s conclusion on that case, but the battle promises to be interesting!