It seems like an Eminem kind of day, as Eminem and his publisher Eight Mile Style have found a favorable outcome in their copyright infringement case against the New Zealand National Party. According to ABC, a court has found that a song used by the New Zealand National Party (titled “Eminem Esque”) as part of its 2014 election campaign was similar enough to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” for Eight Mile Style to be awarded damages. This week’s ruling comes months after Eminem’s lawyer, Gary Williams, made his opening remarks in the trial against the New Zealand National Party. The case produced hilarious moments like the one below.
“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. As a result, Eight Mile Style will receive NZD$600,000 (about $412,000 in U.S. dollars) from the political organization, with interest dating back to June 28, 2014. Eminem and company took swift action against the New Zealand National Party upon learning of the “Lose Yourself” infringement. The lawsuit was filed in 2014, the same year “Eminem Esque” was used for the organization’s political campaign.