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China Daily | Updated:2017-05-02 07:19WELLINGTON, New Zealand – They may not have lost themselves in the music or the moment but a judge and nine lawyers in a New Zealand courtroom did listen politely to Eminems Lose Yourself as a copyright trial involving the countrys ruling political party began on Monday.The Detroit-based music publishers for Eminem are suing New Zealands conservative National Party, alleging the rappers acclaimed 2002 song was copied in the partys soundtrack for a TV ad aired during its successful 2014 election campaign. Titled Eminem Esque, the track has the familiar urgent, pulsing beat of Eminems song.The party has previously said it purchased the track through an Australian-based supplier and doesnt believe it has infringed anyones copyright.In 2014, when the case was filed, lawmaker Steven Joyce said he thought the use of the song was “pretty legal”, and that Eminems team “are just having a crack and a bit of an eye for the main chance because its an election campaign.” That response was widely ridiculed, including by comedian John Oliver on his show Last Week Tonight.”Pretty legal? Thats not a concept that exists. Thats like being sort-of dead,” Oliver joked on the show.Spokespeople for both Joyce and the National Party said on Monday they wouldnt be commenting while the case was before the court.Garry Williams, the lawyer for Eminems music publishers Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated, quoted from National Party emails, including one in which the song is described as an Eminem “sound-alike” and another in which an agent for the party wrote “I guess the question were asking, if everyone thinks its Eminem, and its listed as Eminem Esque, how can we be confident that Eminem doesnt say were ripping him off?”Williams said the emails showed it was “utterly clear” the party knew it was using a copyrighted song.Speaking outside the court, Joel Martin, a spokesman for Eminems music publishers, said: “The bottom line is we would never have permitted the use of the song in any political advertisement,” he said.The judge-only trial is expected to last about six days.Agence France-Presse(China Daily 05/02/2017 page10)PhotoWorld in photos: April 24 – May 1Chinese ships pay visit to PhilippinesPrincess Charlotte about to turn 2Tornadoes, storms kill 11 in US SouthCherry blossoms in full bloom in New YorkAt 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insiderMost Viewed in 24 HoursWeekly PhotoWorld in photos: April 24 – May 1NewsmakerPrincess Charlotte about to turn 2Passenger dragged from plane reaches settlement with United AirlinesSpecialBelt and Road InitiativeFrench presidential election: All you need to knowReporters JournalChinese still think overseas schooling is worth itWhen the price of ivory goes down in China, hopes rise for elephantsChina-JapanPeople are key to peace: former Japan officialChina-USUS sees another side of ChinaChina-EuropeTwo pandas from China greeted in NetherlandsChina-AfricaA high point for tiesBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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