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Eminem to battle Apple over copyright

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2004
News Categories: Apple

“A federal judge says rapper Eminem’s copyright infringement claims over use of his song “Lose Yourself” in a commercial for Apple Computer can go forward.

Apple featured a 10-year-old boy singing the Oscar-winning theme song to the rapper’s movie “8 Mile” in an ad on MTV for the computer company’s iPod music player and iTunes music service.

On Monday, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the suit brought by Eminem’s publishing company can proceed against several companies, including MTV parent company Viacom and advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day.”

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Eminem is yesterday’s news - do you think Apple will even care to use the ad any more? I think not.

Posted by jcs on May 18, 2004 at 5:14 AM (PDT)


Whether they care to use the ad or not any more the fact is they used it and i expect they will pay the price for doing so.

Posted by Rob_Quads on May 18, 2004 at 5:42 AM (PDT)


That Fool Eminem is history.
Apple should give that creep 1
Even that would be an overpayment for his lost career.

Posted by TeRRyZX on May 18, 2004 at 5:56 AM (PDT)


It’s a load of crap really. I mean, his lawyers have said that he has “never nationally endorsed any product”, yet is you watch D12’s latest video “My Band” you see Eminem using an iPod Mini at the beginning of it. If using a product in a music video isn’t personally endorsing it, then what is it?

Posted by Azrael in Scotland on May 18, 2004 at 6:08 AM (PDT)


This article should have been prefaced by: “And now for more silliness caused by our screwed up intellectual property laws…”

Of course, every article pertaining to the RIAA should start the same way….

Posted by IDSmoker on May 18, 2004 at 6:17 AM (PDT)


50 Cent also uses them in his videos. He is signed to Eminem’s Shady/Aftermath record label. If Eminem is suing Apple then he and his artists should stop using Apple’s products in their music videos!

Posted by Stylescraper on May 18, 2004 at 6:20 AM (PDT)


I thought the song wasn’t copyrighted till after the comerical aired?

Posted by squirrelly on May 18, 2004 at 6:29 AM (PDT)


What I find funny is that Apple is soooo gung-ho about us “stealing” music, yet they overlook the small matter of getting permission before using a copyrighted song in their ad.  Duh.

Posted by funkypickl on May 18, 2004 at 7:32 AM (PDT)


“What I find funny is that Apple is soooo gung-ho about us “stealing” music, yet they overlook the small matter of getting permission before using a copyrighted song in their ad. Duh.”

Amazing none of the other posters here picked up on that little thought process

Posted by sure on May 18, 2004 at 8:12 AM (PDT)


With all due respect, people, Eminem is not “yesterday’s news”, nor is his career “lost”.  You have to be kidding me.  He’s still one of the most successful and marketable artists out there.

Posted by trimipi on May 18, 2004 at 8:14 AM (PDT)


I’m surprised Eminem is suing Apple, considering he was one of the top iTunes Music Store sellers when it first started. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you - unless of course, the artists don’t get squat from iTunes purchases.

Posted by InspectorGadget on May 18, 2004 at 8:29 AM (PDT)


I hope you are using the term artist VERY loosely…eminem is certainly humorous in a self-parody kind of way, as well as his poking fun at all the “serious” rappers - you know, the ones that tell the world how bad-### they are, how many hoes they be pimpin’, how many cars they have, etc.  Oh, wait, that’s all of them…

Posted by uh-huh on May 18, 2004 at 8:31 AM (PDT)


You people are living in MTV/VH1 land! I’ve got underground mix CD’s (particularly G-Unit / Eminem / D-12) that host some impressive and explicit underground Hip-Hop lyrics from Eminem, LLoyd Banks, 50 Cent, Youngbuck & Obie Trice! Eminem’s career is certainly not over!

Don’t criticize what you don’t know about!

Underground Hip-Hop NYC Style Baby!

Posted by stylescraper on May 18, 2004 at 8:43 AM (PDT)


Isn’t Eminem’s group D-12 sitting pretty near the top of the singles list on the Apple fanboys beloved iTunes?

Does that qualify for a career being “over”?

Posted by sure on May 18, 2004 at 8:46 AM (PDT)


don’t forget that the world is ruled by lawyers now.

eminem is not suing apple any more than the surviving beatles are. it’s funny when posters make it personal.

watch out, you may gey sued!

Posted by mvague on May 18, 2004 at 9:10 AM (PDT)


People think his career is over because he hasn’t released an album in awhile.  They forget that this is always how he does it… release an album, wait a year or 2 and help out other artists on the label, then release another album.

Posted by Jake on May 18, 2004 at 9:10 AM (PDT)


I just wish my career was over at his age and with as much money as he has behind him and companies that will continue to make him money.

Posted by Rob_Quads on May 18, 2004 at 9:40 AM (PDT)


i wish i had the free time like eminem to kick up a fuss over such petty things

Posted by DJ Dave on May 18, 2004 at 10:47 AM (PDT)


It’s not even that petty when you get down to it.  And also, his career is far from over; he might be the most talented MC out there right now.

Posted by Vbox81 on May 18, 2004 at 11:27 AM (PDT)


I think Ill sue Eminem for mental anguish, pain and suffering over a headache I get every time I hear his name.

Posted by Jack Handy on May 18, 2004 at 11:35 AM (PDT)

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