High Court finds National Party guilty of copyright breach

Leigh Mccormick
October 26, 2017

The National Party ran a television ad 186 times that used the track "Eminem Esque" throughout its successful 2014 political election project before drawing down the advertisement from television.

Well, that all happened back in 2014, and it was heard in court in May. She claimed it was no coincidence the composer of "Eminem Esque" had the music to the initial in front of him when he composed his track. That is, quite frankly, quite a lot of money.

On Wednesday, in a 132-page decision released by Justice Helen Cull, it was found that the "sound-alike" version used in the ad campaign, "Eminem Esque", was a copy of the original chart-topping song.

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"We think it's an excellent judgment, and a cautionary tale for individuals that make or make use of sound-alikes around the globe", stated Adam Simpson, a Sydney-based lawyer who stood for Eminem author Eight Mile Style. "Eminem Esque has substantially copied 'Lose Yourself, '" the ruling says. It was calculated and intentional. National Party President Peter Goodfellow stated that he was disappointed with the judge's decision, seeing as the group had bought the music in good faith from an Australia-based outlet, who in turn got their content from the United States. The rapper and his publishing company were taking legal action over the use of a "Lose Yourself" knock-off that was used in a commercial for the conservative political party's bid at re-election. She noted that Eight Mile Style rarely grants permission to use "Lose Yourself" in advertising. "We find it incredible that the National party went to such great lengths to avoid responsibility for using a weak rip-off of 'Lose Yourself, '" he said. Being licensed and available for purchase, and having taken advice from our suppliers, the party believed the purchase was legal.

"The party is now considering the implications of the judgment and the next steps".

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