01 May '17, 9am

SAF band performs for first time in US at Virginia Arts Festival event.

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Rapper Eminem launched court action against New Zealand's ruling political party on Monday (May 1), accusing it of using an unlicensed version of his hit Lose Yourself in a campaign advertisement. Lawyers for the US artist told the High Court in Wellington that he never gave the National Party permission to use the song, which was featured in the 2002 movie 8 Mile. Barrister Garry Williams said the party breached the copyright of Eight Mile Style, Eminem's publisher, by using the tune in a 2014 election television commercial. Mr Williams said the Detroit rapper's hit was "iconic", having won an Academy Award, two Grammys and critical acclaim. He noted that that meant rights to the work were "enormously valuable" and were strictly controlled by the publisher, which had rarely licensed them for advertising purposes. Mr Williams said the song, which topped ...

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