Eminem Donates Money From Copyright Lawsuit Win To Hurricane Relief Efforts

Added relief for those in desperate need.

After winning a copyright case in New Zealand, Eminem plans to donate to hurricane relief efforts any money he personally receives as a result of the ruling. By doing this, the rapper joins a long list of celebrities who have stepped up to help during the slew of natural disasters this year such as Beyoncé, Kristen Bell, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, and many others. 

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"Eminem was not a party to this lawsuit nor was he consulted regarding the case," the rapper's rep said, according to Variety. "Any monetary settlement he receives from it will be donated to hurricane relief. He encourages the plaintiffs, 8 Mile Style, to do the same."

The case was started by 8 Mile Style, the publishers who control part of Eminem's early catalog, in September 2014 after the New Zealand's National party used a song deemed "sufficiently similar" to Eminem's 2002 Oscar-winning hit "Lose Yourself" in a political advertisement. What probably didn't help in the eyes of the law was that they called the rip-off "Eminem Esque."

Listen to the advertisement in question here:

Now listen to Eminem’s original song here:

"'Eminem Esque' has substantially copied 'Lose Yourself,'" the ruling stated, via The Guardian. "The differences between the two works are minimal; the close similarities and the indiscernible differences in drum beat, the 'melodic line' and the piano figures make 'Eminem Esque' strikingly similar to 'Lose Yourself.' 'Eminem Esque' substantially reproduces the essence of 'Lose Yourself.' The parts of 'Eminem Esque' used in the National party's campaign advertisements also substantially reproduce 'Lose Yourself.' "

As a result of this legal win, a judge awarded $600,000 New Zealand — which is about $415,000 U.S. — to 8 Mile Style. It remains to be seen how much of this will go directly to Eminem, which would then go to help those affected by Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Maria. But, if the rapper gets what it sounds like he wants, the entire amount would be used for a good cause.

Cover image via @eminem / Instagram

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