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Eminem Is Suing A Political Party In New Zealand For Copyright Infringement

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New Zealand's National Party is being sued for its use of music in a campaign commercial, similar to that of American rapper Eminem's Grammy-award winning "Lose Yourself."

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This is a version spliced with Eminem's original track. The uncut version can be found here.

Joel Martin, a spokesman for Eight Mile Style, has released a statement on the copyright claims.

"It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand ... should itself have so little regard for copyright...We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protet the integrity of Eminem's works."

Since the announcement, Twitter has been having some fun:

Not sure why National stole an Eminem track -- U2 would have given them a whole album.

Jonathan King@MrJonathanKing

Not sure why National stole an Eminem track -- U2 would have given them a whole album.

1:44 PM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eminem also suing John Key for being a multimillionaire who grew up in poverty and is tormented by someone called Kim

Jesse Mulligan@JesseMulligan

Eminem also suing John Key for being a multimillionaire who grew up in poverty and is tormented by someone called Kim

1:30 PM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eminem is suing National for copyright infringement and I'm officially checking out of this election.

Jadeine McLeod@JadeineMcLeod

Eminem is suing National for copyright infringement and I'm officially checking out of this election.

12:58 PM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The New Zealand National Party has rejected the allegation:

"The National party will be defending this action vigorously. As the matter is now before the courts we will not be making any further public comment."

New Zealand's upcoming election has been awash with controversy, with millionaire hacker / politician Kim DotCom joining together with whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden in an investigation of mass cyber-surveillance.

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