Eminem Is Suing The National Party Of New Zealand For Ripping Off "Lose Yourself," Leads To Cringe-Worthy Video Of Song Being Played For The Court

Mashable- Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” was played for this unsmiling group of lawyers as part of a case alleging that New Zealand’s National Party breached copyright with a piece of music used in a 2014 campaign ad.

The case kicked off in Wellington High Court on Monday. Lawyer for the plaintiff Eight Mile Style, Gary Williams, says the party bought the music called “Eminem Esque” from a company called BeatBox, according to NewsHub. The party rejects the allegation.

The court heard the song with and without lyrics.

Williams said licensing fees for “Lose Yourself” are in the “millions of dollars” and the advertising community knows that the song is generally not available for use.

The case is set for six days.

Slim Shady coming at the Kiwi courts has to be one of the most exciting things to happen to New Zealand since Frodo came back to the Shire. Here’s the campaign ad that was run back in 2014:

And in the unlikely event that “Lose Yourself” isn’t burned into your brain, here’s Eminem’s most iconic song:

I mean… it’s pretty damn close. When I heard those opening power chords, I thought I was listening to Lose Yourself. But then, instead of taking the whole step up, the high note takes a step down, creating a 4th instead of a 6th, before resuming along the progression we hear in Lose Yourself. The same thing happens when the synthesizer kicks in.

But when that singular piano solo arrives, I knew it was game over. The high piano solo in Lose Yourself is such a distinct part of the song and this ad did exactly the same thing. To me, this is the smoking gun. It’s not as bad as Vanilla Ice ripping off “Under Pressure” for “Ice Ice Baby,” but it’s not a whole lot better either.

But the best part of this whole lawsuit is that video of the lawyers listening to Lose Yourself. A courtroom full of stuffy lawyers desperately trying not to bob their heads to the catchiest song of all time. No chance I’d be able to contain myself. At the very LEAST I’d be lip-syncing every word, which is even more annoying.

This woman is physically uncomfortable. Thank God she has that desk to hide the furious tapping of her dancing feet. Probably saved her job.

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On the other hand, I’m pretty sure this guy is deaf/has never heard the song before:

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Stoic as a gargoyle! Not even a twitch under those robes. Completely unmoved by the music. Don’t know how he does it. Maybe he plugged his ears with wax like Odysseus forced his men to do when they came upon the sirens? Greek mythology for me one time!

PS- Mom’s spaghetti! You can cut the sexual tension with a knife!

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