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Eminem to donate earnings from copyright lawsuit to hurricane relief

KC Orcutt

 // Oct 26, 2017

Eminem // Shady Records

On Wednesday (Oct. 25), news broke that a New Zealand judge has ruled in favor of Eminem and his publishers over a copyright breach of the now-classic track, "Lose Yourself."

While the rapper himself did not file the lawsuit in the first place, his reps have shared that the Detroit legend will be donating any proceeds he receives as a result of the case to hurricane relief.

"Eminem was not a party to this lawsuit nor was he consulted regarding the case," a rep for the emcee shared with Variety. "Any monetary settlement he receives from it will be donated to hurricane relief. He encourages the plaintiffs, 8 Mile Style, to do the same."

As previously reported, the publishing company, which controls some of Eminem's early catalog, filed the suit after New Zealand's National party used a song titled "Eminem Esque" in a 2014 election advertisement, with the song later being deemed unlawfully and "sufficiently similar." As a result, the country's party must pay $500,000, plus interest.

"The differences between the two works are minimal; the close similarities and the indiscernible differences in drum beat, the 'melodic line' and the piano figures make 'Eminem Esque' strikingly similar to 'Lose Yourself,'" an excerpt from the ruling read.

Additionally this week, Eminem nearly broke the Internet, when a curious advertisement surfaced, hinting that "Revival" just might be the title of his highly anticipated forthcoming project. Needless to say, all eyes are on Em in the meantime, with fans eager for the rapper to confirm all the necessary details regarding his next album.

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