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Eminem's publishers sued Apple

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 31 Jul 2007 11:56 User comments (11)

Eminem's publishers sued Apple Eight Mile Style LLC and Martin Affiliated LLC have sued Apple Inc. over the distribution of tracks by rapper Eminem through its iTunes music store. The issue is whether or not Apple is distributing tracks from the artist with or without his permission. Universal Studios distributes Eminem's albums, but Eight Mile Style LLC and Martin Affiliated LLC own the publishing rights and copyright so the tracks.
"Eight Mile and Martin have demanded that Apple cease and desist its reproduction and distribution and Apple has refused," the complaint reads according to The Detroit News. Experts say that there is currently a larger dispute within the industry itself about whether music publishers, who actually own the copyrights to music and not the labels, should have the final say on how it is used online.

This is not the first time that the controversial rapper and Apple have disputed. Back in 2004, an iPod/iTunes commercial used the track "Lose Yourself" despite the fact that Eminem had declined licensing it to the company. Apple went ahead and used the song anyway.

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11 user comments

131.7.2007 12:20
armorthis
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I remember that commercial

Worst iPod commercial ever IMO.

231.7.2007 14:07

But wait a minute...didn't that douchebag do his own Itunes commercial last year too? What a moron.

331.7.2007 15:06

Originally posted by jookycola:
But wait a minute...didn't that douchebag do his own Itunes commercial last year too? What a moron.
thats the same commercial they are talking about.

431.7.2007 17:35

Quote:
Originally posted by jookycola:
But wait a minute...didn't that douchebag do his own Itunes commercial last year too? What a moron.
thats the same commercial they are talking about.

lol

531.7.2007 22:55

Originally posted by jookycola:
But wait a minute...didn't that douchebag do his own Itunes commercial last year too? What a moron.
Wow you must be a hardcore Nsync fan

61.8.2007 10:17
blazepunk
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eminen is taking it through the a$$ by apple!

71.8.2007 13:14

The poster of this article seems to have mistaken used the word "controversial" in the place of "lame".

81.8.2007 17:02

haha ;-)

92.8.2007 15:40

Quote:
This is not the first time that the controversial rapper and Apple have disputed. Back in 2004, an iPod/iTunes commercial used the track "Lose Yourself" despite the fact that Eminem had declined licensing it to the company. Apple went ahead and used the song anyway.
It's good to see their is no love lost between the two parties. If they did not give permission on both accounts to Apple then they are definetly in the wrong and should do something else and ask for permission and if Eminem said no then they should not be fussed cause they have other artists that can make up for the loss.

103.8.2007 16:58

All this is going to end up being is Apple is going to pay several million dollars to these people who own the copyrights and in the deal Apple will get "permission" to sell the songs. Just another lawsuit to get money, like there isn't enough clogging up the courts.

1114.8.2007 14:51

@wetsparks

Sadly, this is the world we live in.

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