Source Pravda.Ru

Eminem's Eight Mile Style LLC to Sue Apple

Eminem's music publisher wants to meet Apple in court.

  Eight Mile Style LLC and a co-plaintiff, Martin Affiliated LLC, are suing Apple Inc., claiming they never authorized the use of 93 songs in a downloadable format on Apple's popular iTunes service.

  The non-jury trial is expected to start Thursday in the rapper's hometown of Detroit, unless a settlement is reached Wednesday with the help of U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Morgan.

  Eight Mile also is suing Aftermath Records, which controls the recordings in question, saying it didn't have the right to make deals on digital downloads.

   It's unclear from court documents just how much money is at stake, but the plaintiffs claim Apple wrongfully gained $2.5 million through iTunes downloads, including $466,915 from "Lose Yourself," Eminem's biggest hit from the hip-hop film "8 Mile." The publisher also believes it should get a share of Apple's profit from the sale of iPods.

  Eight Mile also claims Aftermath wrongfully collected $4 million off Eminem's songs on iTunes.

  Apple denies the allegations and says it has a valid agreement with Aftermath Records. Eight Mile has received royalties but says that doesn't mean it can't press ahead with a lawsuit.

  The "acceptance of a single check containing mostly royalties for authorized uses, but also containing small and hidden royalties for unauthorized uses, cannot operate as a satisfaction of a claim," Eight Mile's lawyers said in a recent filing in federal court.

  Eight Mile says it still retains ownership, including copyright, of the compositions inside Eminem's recordings. If the case isn't settled, the trial before U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor will center on how to interpret contracts.

  Eight Mile agreed in 1998 and 2003 that "Eminem would create master sound recordings embodying compositions, and that Aftermath would own those masters," Apple's attorneys said in a court filing.

  "The parties also agreed that Aftermath and its distributors and licensees would 'have the exclusive right' to exploit the masters embodying the Eminem compositions 'in any and all forms of media now known or hereinafter developed,'" the lawyers said.

  It's unknown if the rapper would attend a trial if there is one. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, is not on the witness list. Reported by The Associated Press.

Comments
Sheep disrupt the work of US missile defences in Romania
Sheep disrupt the work of US missile defences in Romania
Russian Guard to see enemies behind walls
Russia starts shipping S-400 air defence systems to China
German experts name Russia's most dangerous weapon
Interview with Andre Vltchek for Farhikhtegan newspaper in Iran
Russian army receives giant modernised nuclear mortars
Russia's new torpedo carrying 100-megaton nuclear warhead nullifies USA's Prompt Global Strike
A Europe without roots now also demolishes churches
US diplomat makes fool of himself in the Netherlands
US diplomat makes fool of himself in the Netherlands
US diplomat makes fool of himself in the Netherlands
Three scenarios of new super sanctions against Russia published
Three scenarios of new super sanctions against Russia published
Three scenarios of new super sanctions against Russia published
Putin's power shakes US Congress
Brigitte Bardot accuses Hollywood actresses of hypocrisy
Russia starts shipping S-400 air defence systems to China
Russia starts shipping S-400 air defence systems to China
A Europe without roots now also demolishes churches
A Europe without roots now also demolishes churches