Eminem's Music Publisher Sues Apple

The publisher of Eminem's music has filed a federal lawsuit against computer giant Apple Inc. for selling downloads of his songs without permission. Apple has an agreement with Universal Music Group, the record company that owns the recordings, but doesn't deal directly with publishers, who own the rights to scores and lyrics. In the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, the rapper's music publisher, Eight Mile Style, and copyright manager Martin Affiliated seek more than $75,000 for copyright infringement, unfair competition and a violation of the Michigan consumer protection act. The lawsuit also asks for damages of up to $150,000 per infringement - or each time a song is downloaded

Eight Mile Style administrator Joel Martin says the lawsuit involves 70 to 80 songs, including tracks from the Grammy Award-winning "The Eminem Show." Apple had no comment Tuesday, spokesman Tom Neumayr said. Eight Mile Style attorney Norman Ankers contends that record companies need permission from copyright holders before downloads can be authorized. "This is a significant issue in the music industry," Ankers said. "This occurs with many artists and many record labels."

Apple charges 99 cents for most song downloads. Recording companies get about 70 cents of that, and pass on 9 cents of that fee to publishers. "Generally, artists want their music sold," Martin said. "We want it downloaded. We request that any provider that's offering downloads license it through the publisher. Apple is not accounting to us. They are accounting to Universal (Music)," he said.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is from Detroit. "The Eminem Show" sold 7.6 million copies.
Eight Mile Style also sued Apple in 2004 for copyright infringement. That lawsuit alleged that Apple used Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in commercial TV ads for its iTunes music store. The case was settled out of court.

News source: MyWay

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Charging rediculous amounts of money for every song downloaded in a lawsuit, I think a certain organization has tried that before, haven't heard of them much recently.

"[...] and a violation of the Michigan consumer protection act. The lawsuit also asks for damages of up to $150,000 per infringement - or each time a song is downloaded"

yes, i really feel unsafe... they sure interfered my consumer protection... uhm WHAT? LOL?!
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150k per download? ROFLMAO, good luck

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needlegun said,
This says one thing about Eminem..... GREED.

Not really. Even if you take away from it the fact that he, himself, may well have lost revenue as a result of this and therefore technically lessening the pay he received for the work he had done, I still think there is a very good reason why he is not "greedy".

Eminem himself almost certainly didn't activate this suit. The hordes of publishers, marketing execs etc all have a piece of the Enimen brand and therefore ALSO loose out ultimately.

It's in his entourage/execs best interest to win these sorts of cases in order to keep themselves in pocket as well as the entertainer.

Read between the lines.

they complain because , they dont see more than 9 cents for any d/l you do on itunes and maybe Eminen doesnt believe he only got like 100 bucks from all his songs on itune ;)


Simple solution is , if an artist doesnt want his songs on the internet he should tell to the record company , if nothing is said against it , then the artist allows his song to be d/l.

I believe artists tend to win more money doing concerts than selling cds ( contracts not included )

this is just ridiculous, are they trying to ruin the industry, you have an industry that is trying it's best to get into the digital music phenomenom of downloads, and cut out illegal downloads, yet you have artists complainign about their songs being downloaded "legally" all this will lead to is apple and all the other services stoping selling eminems music 'legally' and hence people that want it wil jsut download the illegal one as they can't be bothered going to the shop.

This would be terrible if Eminem won because ultimately it would lead to higher prices for music.

Companies like Apple would need to get permissions from the Record Company (Universal) and also from each individual artist (Eminem), if this didn't cause a rise in prices it would definetly lead to less artists being available.

Although I must admit I do smile a little inside everytime Apple loses a lawsuit.

They'd only need permission from the publishers not the artist themselves as I read it, which is what Apple neglected to do here. That said I dont know whether Apple or Universal is to blame. Maybe both.

I dunno about that...I think they are technically right, though I'm not sure if Apple should be the one that gets the slap on the wrist or not :P

That's what I was thinking. Sounds like they're all trying to shoot themselves in the foot, which wouldn't be a bad thing in this case, considering who we're talking about here!! :eek:

Somehow I don't think this should be Apple's fault, rather Universal's for allowing Apple to sell his songs without permission.