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Concerns raised over use of campaign song

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/05/2017 Kris Dando

John Key and Eminem © REX Features/Reuters John Key and Eminem One of the managers of the National Party 2014 campaign team says there were concerns raised about the use of Eminem's song Lose Yourself during campaign meetings.

Detroit-based record companies Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated are suing the party over music it used in an 2014 election ad. The evidence is being heard at the High Court at Wellington.

The rapper's links with hate speech and the similarity of the Eminem-esque track to Lose Yourself were tabled during meetings, National campaign team member Sue Worthington said.

"We were always careful about any music we used but it was decided this was the right track," she said.

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"Someone in the office later said Eminem had had hate mail in the past and it was decided that needed to be checked out."

The National Party spent $4800 on the music by Eminem-esque and was given assurances there was no copyright infringements, the court heard, as the music was from a production library and had the correct license.

The trial continues tomorrow and is expected to wrap up Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

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