1. New Zealand’s National Party is being sued for its use of music in a campaign commercial, similar to that of American rapper Eminem’s Grammy-award winning “Lose Yourself.”
This is a version spliced with Eminem’s original track. The uncut version can be found here.
2. New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice has confirmed that a case has been filed in the Wellington registry.
3. Joel Martin, a spokesman for Eight Mile Style, has released a statement on the copyright claims.
“It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand … should itself have so little regard for copyright…We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protet the integrity of Eminem’s works.”
4. Since the announcement, Twitter has been having some fun:
7. The New Zealand National Party has rejected the allegation:
“The National party will be defending this action vigorously. As the matter is now before the courts we will not be making any further public comment.”