On Wednesday (Oct. 25) it was reported that New Zealand’s National Party would have to award the publishing company Eight Mile Style about $415K, after using a song similar to “Lose Yourself” in a 2014 advert. Now, one of Em’s rep has said that the Detroit rapper will be donating all of those proceeds to hurricane relief.
The rep was sure to clarify that Eminem did not file the lawsuit against the government himself, “Eminem was not a party to this lawsuit nor was he consulted regarding the case. Any monetary settlement he receives from it will be donated to hurricane relief. He encourages the plaintiffs, 8 Mile Style, to do the same.” This act of philanthropy should be useful as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, have devastated many lives in Miami, Texas and Puerto Rico. A great deal of Puerto Rico is still without water or power.
The lawsuit was filed by publishers against the NZ party back in September of 2014 for the use of a song titled “Eminem Esque.” A judge ruled it infringed on copyright as it was very similar to Em’s original work. “‘Eminem Esque’ has substantially copied ‘Lose Yourself,’” the ruling states.