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MacMinute reports details of Enimen vs. Apple lawsuit

MacMinute - As reported yesterday, Eight Mile Style, Eminem’s music publisher, is suing Apple claiming that the company used one of the rapper’s songs

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“Eminem has never nationally endorsed any commercial products and… “

... and the point? no one apart from music endorsment can he EVER be involved in - and it would probably be his own music (as Apple has done) - who in the right mind would want Eminem to endorse a product? the negativity from his lyrics and his image would never get him $10Million, even half-a-million is just crazy.

Posted by voodoo on February 25, 2004 at 8:21 PM (CST)


So the “negativity from his lyrics and his image” still allow him to go platinum multiple times, but wouldn’t net him $500,000 for an endorsement?

Posted by Huh? on February 25, 2004 at 8:30 PM (CST)


Let’s see, the rapper hates gays and he’s suing a company with a “fruity” name.  Coincidence?  I bet the Mathers boy uses Archos products.

Posted by Zim on February 25, 2004 at 8:32 PM (CST)


Huh? I did say the endorsement has to be related to music and I was refering to their reasoning not endorsing other product.

please get it right

Posted by voodoo on February 25, 2004 at 10:03 PM (CST)


LOL, they spelled Eminem wrong!!!!!!!

Posted by Joe on February 25, 2004 at 10:04 PM (CST)


Eminem claims Apple did something clearly illegal. If he is telling the truth, then he is justified. You can’t take someone’s composition without permission.

I like Apple products, but if they/Steve Jobs make a mistake—or do wrong intentionally as they may have here—then they should be called on it.

It Eminem’s people are making this up, along with all those supporting details, then I hope Apple wins.

Posted by Nagromme on February 25, 2004 at 11:10 PM (CST)


If I remember correctly, wasn’t the song used in the commercial that one where he says “I’m slim shady, blahblahblah”. I remember that commercial—is there another one in question here?

Posted by narco in Burbank on February 25, 2004 at 11:31 PM (CST)


If what Eight Mile Style is saying is true, i.e. that all relations with Apple were to be terminated and the campaign was to stop and never happen, then Apple r screwed, even if the ad wasn’t up on the website for long etc.

Posted by Nuke666 on February 26, 2004 at 12:39 AM (CST)


But if its found false, then Apple can counter sue for millions ;)

Posted by Nuke666 on February 26, 2004 at 12:40 AM (CST)


so somebody must get hurt eventually

Posted by Ed on February 26, 2004 at 9:17 AM (CST)


Why does anyone care about this? Just curious.

Posted by Deggy on February 26, 2004 at 10:49 AM (CST)


this is an iPod news site. with itunes being an integral part of Apple’s marketing strategy for the iPod, it’s only natural that a news piece featuring iTunes should be reported on here.

Posted by eric on February 26, 2004 at 10:59 AM (CST)


I read the filing and it’s appendices.

Apple obtained sought permission from the respective rightholders to use their songs as part of the campaign in which music fans sang along to their favourite track while listening to their iPod.

Eight Mile Style refused permission, yet Apple ran the commercials anyway.

There is no protection under fair use here, if Apple had been entitled to run the ads without permission then they would not have needed to seek permission.

Apple are screwed on this one, but given that they are currently the darlings of the music industry for creating an online distribution system which ensures the pigopolists in the music industry retain their stranglehold on the money flow, chances are this will be settled fairly quickly out of court…


Posted by Floop on February 26, 2004 at 12:24 PM (CST)


He’s also suing MTV.
With ITMS being the largest digital music store and MTV having created his career, he’s biting the hands the feed him. Plus, bad press. Dumb move. He should have handled this without all the hoo-ha.

Posted by Scot on February 26, 2004 at 12:54 PM (CST)


Eminem is a tool (in more ways than one).

Let him sue Apple - B F D! I am sure Apple will be around a lot longer than some white kid who thinks he is black and has made his living on the backs of black rappers.

Posted by Chris on February 27, 2004 at 10:53 AM (CST)

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