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Eminem's Publishers Sue Facebook For Copyright Infringement, Ad Agency Responds By Attacking Dr. Dre

(AllHipHop News) Eminem has sold over 80 million records worldwide, his last album was the first album to attain a million digital downloads and he’s basically everywhere. That does not mean he is willing to let just anyone use his music. Eminem’s publishing company, Eight Mile Style LLC has filed a lawsuit against the social media giant Facebook for unlawfully using an Eminem song for its Facebook Home application advertisement.

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According to the suit, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showcased an ad by  Portland, Oregon ad company Wieden + Kennedy entitled “Airplane” when he debuted the new Facebook Home app in April. In the advertisement was music uncannily similar to “Under The Influence”, Eminem’s collaboration with his D12 group from The Marshall Mathers LP.

The lawsuit claims that initial viewers of the unedited advertisement noticed the similarities and in perceived admission of guilt, Facebook released an altered version of the ad on their YouTube channel:

“The alteration of the Airplane advertisement was an admission that Facebook knew it had infringed on the Eminem/D12 Composition,” says the lawsuit.

Even  after Facebook altered the song for the ad, 8 Mile Style still released a cease and desist order because Facebook and Wieden + Kennedy did not have the “permission to alter the Eminem/D12 Composition” according to the lawsuit.

This is when things get heated.

The lawsuit alleges that Facebook and the ad agency’s response to the cease and desist order contained disparaging accusations aimed at someone virtually unrelated to the song, Dr. Dre:

Counsel falsely and wrongfully alleged that Andre Young, professionally known as Dr. Dre, composed ‘Under the Influence.’ Yet, a simple Internet search of the Eminem/D12 Composition would have revealed that “Under the Influence” was composed by Marshall Mathers, III, and members of D12, including Denaun Porter, Von Carlisle, Ondre Moore, R. Arthur Johnson, and DeShaun Holton. Dr. Dre likewise did not produce ‘Under the Influence.’

The suit continues to allege that the defendants made additional allegations regarding Dr. Dre, including accusing him of illegally sampling a Michael Jackson song for the Under The Influence beat he did not produce.

Eight Mile Style are suing for up to $150,000 per infringement.

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  • therealest1

    Get more of that money shit.

  • Jesus, for real? The root of all evil is deep within the hearts and minds of these ninjas.

  • 8Galaxy5

    Get that money!

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  • I’m pretty sure this is gonna cause Detox to not be released in the next 30 years…
    sigh

  • griot

    Why USC and not a black college, Dr. Dre?

    His huge gift to the school is commendable, but why couldn’t it have gone to a needy black college?

    By Walter M. Kimbrough

    I was in Detroit preparing to
    give a speech last week when the news came across my Twitter feed: “Dr.
    Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine donate $70 million to USC to create
    new degree.” As one of the first university presidents from the hip-hop
    generation, I had to stop and read the story immediately.

    The two music moguls and co-founders of Beats Electronics —
    recognizing that they needed a new type of creative talent for their
    growing music technology business — are funding a four-year program that
    blends liberal arts, graphic and product design, business and
    technology.

    I understood their need to build a pool of skilled talent. But why at
    USC? Iovine’s daughter is an alum, sure. And he just gave its
    commencement address. Andre Young — before he was Dr. Dre — grew up in
    nearby Compton, where he rose to fame as part of the rap group N.W.A.
    The Beats headquarters are on L.A.’s Westside.

    Still, what if Dre had given
    $35 million — his half of the USC gift and about 10% of his wealth,
    according to a Forbes estimate — to an institution that enrolls the very
    people who supported his career from the beginning? An institution
    where the majority of students are low-income? A place where $35 million
    would represent a truly transformational gift?

    Why didn’t Dr. Dre give it to a black college?

    Make no mistake: This donation is historic. It appears to be the
    largest gift by a black man to any college or university, comparable to
    the gift Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, gave to Spelman College
    in 1988. Some 25 years later, their $20-million gift (about $39 million
    in inflation-adjusted dollars) is still the largest-ever private gift
    to a historically black college. Dre gave USC almost triple the amount Oprah Winfrey has given Morehouse College over the years. Sean “Diddy” Combs gave $500,000 to Howard University in 1999, which he attended before launching a successful career.

    A hip-hop icon is now the new black higher-ed philanthropy king.
    We’ve never seen a donation to rival this from any black celebrity —
    musician, athlete or actor — and that fact must be celebrated.

    But as the president of a black college, it pains me as well. I can’t
    help but wish that Dre’s wealth, generated as it was by his largely
    black hip-hop fans, was coming back to support that community.

    USC is a great institution, no question. But it has a $3.5-billion
    endowment, the 21st largest in the nation and much more than every black
    college — combined. Less than 20% of USC’s student body qualifies for
    federal Pell Grants, given to students from low-income families,
    compared with two-thirds of those enrolled at black colleges. USC has
    also seen a steady decrease in black student enrollment, which is now
    below 5%.

    A new report on black male athletes and racial inequities shows that
    only 2.2% of USC undergrads are black men, compared with 56% of its
    football and basketball teams, one of the largest disparities in the
    nation. And given USC’s $45,602 tuition next year, I’m confident Dre
    could have sponsored multiple full-ride scholarships to private black
    colleges for the cost of one at USC.

    Maybe some suspect that a historically black college or university
    would not have the breadth or depth of expertise on its faculty to
    spearhead an innovative academy. Nothing could be further from the
    truth.

    This future Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology
    and the Business of Innovation is to be multidisciplinary, with a
    technology focus. In 2011, the National Science Foundation noted that
    black colleges are a major source of scientists and engineers. In fact,
    the top five producers of blacks who go on to earn science, technology,
    engineering and math graduate degrees are black colleges, as are 20 of
    the top 50. Once you add in the musical legacy of black colleges’ choirs
    and marching bands, they are the perfect locations for an academy like
    this.

    In the end, though, this is his money, and endowing a program
    geographically nearby, where he can have ongoing input and contact,
    makes sense. I do hope it will recruit and enroll a diverse class of
    students and not become some enclave for the already privileged student
    body there.

    But more important, I hope this groundbreaking gift inspires other
    celebrities and musical artists to make similar donations to higher
    education. And that they will consider doing it in a manner that will be
    truly transformative. This gift is gravy for USC; for a black college,
    it would transform not just individuals but whole institutions and
    communities.

    In the Detroit airport on my way home, I counted seven people
    sporting the stylish Beats by Dre headphones on the way to my gate. All
    seven were black men, like me. My own Dre earbuds were in my briefcase.
    I’m sure we all bought them not only to support Dr. Dre but because of
    the quality of the product.

    My challenge is to figure out how to get Dr. Dre and others to listen
    as well, because when they support black colleges, they are also
    supporting a quality product.

    Walter M. Kimbrough is the president of Dillard University, a liberal arts black college in New Orleans.

  • dominicancoke

    to live or die be old why? smuther by demons and dispair/see that shadow? satans there but in no way do i feel scared/grampa told me be prepare stay full aware dont shed a tear/but i couldn’t stop crying knowing the fact that he aint here/
    cant trust women now a days they mostly canaiving hoes/these suckas buying em clothes i leave these bitches exposed/whats a friend i dont have them my buddies turned into foes/what u know about this pain thats always burning u slow/rapidly turning you old cant resist drinking that vodka/ i co exist with others in urgent need of head doctors/little young ns packing choppers loud sirens and helicopters/mild violence turns into mayhem i lay hands on em and dropped em/throw a bird in a fish tank throw a fish in a cage/that means im crazy derange detrimental with all this rage/jab uppercut your ribb cage blast faces off with 12 guage/dont engage in a battle i’ll rob a rapper on stage/

  • amy

    Ciao ma parlate in italiano ??

    • amy

      Eminem is beautiful boys

  • amy

    They speaking italian ???@twitter-413701797:disqus