Eminem’s music publisher and Apple settle in Court

Fri, Oct 2, 2009

Legal, News

After one week in court, Apple and Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style LLC, were able to reach a settlement agreement stemming from a lawsuit alleging that Apple was never authorized to digitally sell 93 of Eminem’s songs on iTunes.

Apple asserted that it had struck a deal with Aftermath Records, which owns the rights to Slim Shady’s songs.  Eight Mile Style LLC, however, contended that Aftermath Records was never given the right to negotiate deals as it relates to digital downloads.  In total, Apple was charged with wrongly amassing over $2.5 million in profits from un-authorized iTunes sales.  Interestingly, 20% of those profits reportedly stem from just one song – “Lose Yourself” which was the hit rap single from Eminem’s 2002 semi-autobiographical movie, 8 Mile, and was responsible for over $500,000 in profits to Apple alone.

In any event, after 5 days in court, both sides came to an understanding.  Eight Mile Style lawyer Richard Busch, however, was unwilling to disclose the terms of the settlement agreement.


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