Eminem Wins Lawsuit Against New Zealand Political Party That Copied His Song To Win Election

A New Zealand political party has been ordered to pay more than $400,000 to U.S. rapper Eminem for using music similar to his 2002 hit Lose Yourself in a television commercial to help win a national election.

“Eminem Esque” was featured in Party advertisements and played on television, the internet and at a Party conference in the lead up to the 2014 election.

The National Party used the song 186 times during the campaign before taking the ad off the air.

The song was written by the rapper born Marshall Mathers III as the soundtrack for the movie 8 Mile.

Detroit based Eight Mile Style, the publishing company which holds the copyright to “Lose Yourself,” filed suit.

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