I’ve always said lawyers and rappers are very much alike. We both love intelligent wordplay. I am thinking the love for wordplay is what is making rappers like D-Black (Ghana) and Eminem (USA) sue those companies that use their music without their consent. 🙂 Okay, all jokes aside. Time to get serious. I told you all last month about the 2011 BET Nominated Artist who just sued Vodafone in Ghana for using his music without consent and compensation. Well, on this side of the world, Rapper Eninem follows suit. He filed suit last week for copyright infringement against Audi for the use of his song ‘You Better Lose Yourself.’
Audi responds this week saying, “Oh Slim Shady, you know we would never think to mess with you like that. That was really not a commercial.” YEAH, right. Try explaining that to a jury, Audi.
“[A] U.S. spokesperson for Audi insists that the video is not a commercial.
“The video referred to is not an advertisement,” he said in an email to Yahoo! Music. “Also, this does not involve Audi of America. The video was not shown here in the U.S. . .”
Look Audi, issue an apology. Pay what you gotta pay and keep it moving. Why? The lyrics to the song you chose is informative of what could happen?
“No more games, I’ma change what you call rage/Tear this motha****in roof off like two dogs caged/I was playin’ in the beginning, the mood all changed/I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage/But I kept rhymin’ and stepwritin’ the next cypher/Best believe somebody’s payin’ the pied piper/All the pain inside amplified by the fact . . .”
Audi, you really want to mess with that?
Reuters has for the full story.
FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT ANALYSIS, VISIT THE MARY J. BLIGE INFRINGEMENT CASE HERE.
-Photo: Eminem facebook fan page
-Lyrics by Lyricsmode.com
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