Sunday, September 27, 2009

Eminem Suing Apple Over Royalties and Some Old Ish (STRANGE)

Eminem's publishing company Eight Mile Style has filed a $16 million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Apple.  Em's peeps are claiming that Apple sold unapproved songs in iTunes starting in 2005.  Apple said they had permission from Em's label Aftermath Records (Dr. Dre's label) but Em's peeps say that they did not have the authority to do so.  Strangely enough, 8 Mile Style are also suing Aftermath for $4.3 million in damages even though Eminem is still signed to Aftermath.

It sounds like this madness all started back in 2003/2004 when Apple used the Eminem track "Lose Yourself" in an iPod commercial supposedly without his permission.  It seems strange that they had issues with a version of an ad that didn't even use the actual song since it was just a little kid rappin' acapella!  Eminemin even appeared in an iTunes ad using the same song a few years later (I think it was 2005).  WTF?!?!

Banned iTunes ad with little kid rapping:

iTunes ad with Eminem and the real "Lose Yourself" that ran on TV:

I think the kid did a pretty good job on that commercial too.  Letting that run on TV or on the internet would only help him sell songs, in my opinion.  People love it when little kids do stuff like that.  I guess it's all about the money though. 

This is a really strange situation that could lead to Eminem's music being pulled from the iTunes store all together if an agreement is not reached.  Maybe you should get in and by your Eminem albums now if you haven't already done so in the past or you might not be able to find them at some point in the near future.  WEAK.

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