September 24, 2009

Eminem music publisher sues Apple Inc. Twisted Case.

Eminem’s music publisher is suing Apple Inc. over unauthorized use and distribution of 93 songs from Eminem’s catalog, including his biggest hit from the movie “8 Mile”


Eight Mile Style LLC and a co-plaintiff, Martin Affiliated LLC are involved in the suit against Apple Inc.


This is a twisted case, and will be very interesting, because of the other party involved, which is Aftermath Records. Eight Mile, Eminem’s publishing company is also suing Aftermath Records.


Eight Mile also claims Aftermath wrongfully collected $4 million off Eminem's songs on iTunes. The plaintiffs claim Apple wrongfully gained $2.5 million through iTunes downloads, including $466,915 from "Lose Yourself," Eminem's biggest hit from the hip-hop film "8 Mile." The publisher also believes it should get a share of Apple's profit from the sale of iPods.


Apple denies the allegations and says it has a valid agreement with Aftermath Records. Eight Mile has received royalties but says that doesn't mean it can't press ahead with a lawsuit.


Eight Mile says it still retains ownership, including copyright, of the compositions inside Eminem's recordings.


Eight Mile agreed in 1998 and 2003 that "Eminem would create master sound recordings embodying compositions, and that Aftermath would own those masters," Apple's attorneys said in a court filing.


"The parties also agreed that Aftermath Records, its distributors and licensees would 'have the exclusive right' to exploit the masters embodying the Eminem compositions 'in any and all forms of media now known or hereinafter developed,'" the lawyers said.


This will be an interesting case, and one we will be following. If court records are correct, and the contracts signed. This would mean that Eight Mile has no merit in this case.

For Eight Mile to file suits, means there is other information not disclosed, and or additional contracts not being fulfilled legally and completely.


By George Luker © Copyright 2009 Krule Music Group

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