You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

New Zealand campaign had concerns using Eminem-like song

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/3/2017
Music composer Jeff Bass leaves a courtroom on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand. Bass, who composed the opening guitar riff for Eminem's song "Lose Yourself," was testifying in a copyright case. Eminem's music publishers Eight Mile Style have sued the governing National Party over its use of a soundtrack during its 2014 election campaign. (AP Photo/Nick Perry) © The Associated Press Music composer Jeff Bass leaves a courtroom on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand. Bass, who composed the opening guitar riff for Eminem's song "Lose Yourself," was testifying in a copyright case. Eminem's music publishers Eight Mile Style have sued the governing National Party over its use of a soundtrack during its 2014 election campaign. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The campaign manager for New Zealand's National Party during the 2014 election says she raised concerns about using a song that sounded similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" but was told by industry experts it would be fine.

Jo de Joux told the High Court in Wellington on Wednesday she was concerned that using the song "Eminem Esque" raised copyright issues for the party, and she was also worried that Eminem had been associated with hate speech.

Eminem's music publishers Eight Mile Style are suing the political party for copyright infringement after it used the song in TV ads.

De Joux said she sought and received assurances from industry experts that using Eminem Esque was okay because it was part of a licensed music library and was free from copyright issues.

AdChoices
AdChoices
AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon