Just days after wrapping up his record-breaking Australian tour, it seems that Eminem has got our eastern neighbours in his sights again, taking his New Zealand copyright battle to the country’s top court.
If you haven’t been following the now-infamous ‘Eminem Esque’ case, it all kicked off back in 2017, when the rapper’s legal team filed a suit against New Zealand’s conservative National Party.
The case revolved around a piece of music (titled ‘Eminem Esque’, no less) that was created for the National Party’s 2014 campaign ads which Eminem believed to have been a little too close to his Academy Award-winning tune, ‘Lose Yourself’.
After the lawsuit was launched, campaign manager Steven Joyce claimed that the party’s use of the song was “pretty legal”, while claiming that that Eminem’s team “are just having a crack and a bit of an eye for the main chance because it’s an election campaign”.
Despite this questionable phrasing, the lawsuit did give us a rather humorous moment, in which we witnessed a New Zealand courtroom being forced to hold a listening party for both tracks, in which no one was seen ‘losing themselves’.