News: Eminem's Publisher Settles Multi-Million Dollar Apple Lawsuit

Friday, Oct 2, 2009 5:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Eminem's music publisher, Eight Mile Style LLC, has reportedly settled their multi-million dollar lawsuit against Apple Inc. over the company's unauthorized usage of nearly 100 licensed songs including the rapper's Oscar-winning "Lose Yourself."

According to reports, an attorney handling the case said an agreement has been reached.

"The case was settled to the satisfaction of all parties," Eight Mile attorney Richard Busch said. He said terms of the deal are confidential. The agreement was reached Thursday night after five days of trial in federal court here in the hip-hop star's hometown. A message seeking comment was left with Glenn Pomerantz, an attorney for Apple and Aftermath. Eminem was not a witness and did not testify. Eight Mile is owned by brothers Mark and Jeff Bass, songwriters and producers who are credited with launching the rapper's career. (Associated Press)

As of last week, the two parties initially were set to go to trial.

Apple Inc. and Eminem's music publisher have failed to settle a dispute over 93 songs on iTunes, clearing the way for a trial in the rapper's hometown of Detroit. U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Morgan was overseeing private settlement talks Wednesday. Eight Mile Style LLC lawyer Howard Hertz says no deal was reached in the lawsuit. Eight Mile says it never authorized the 93 songs in a downloadable format on Apple's popular iTunes service. The publisher alleges copyright infringement. The lack of a settlement means Detroit U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor will start a trial at 9 a.m. Thursday. (Mac World)

The dispute, which involved Aftermath Records, made headlines in late September.

The matter will head to trial this week if the parties involved are not able to reach a last-minute deal. Eminem and Eight Mile Style allege that Apple is providing downloads of the artist's song through iTunes without proper permission. Apple, along with Aftermath Records, contends that not only is their arrangement legal, but the publisher has received royalties for the sale of songs on the iTunes Music Store. (Apple Insider)

The trial was scheduled to last less than a week.

The trial is expected to last five to seven days before U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit, said Howard Hertz, shareholder at Bloomfield Hills-based Hertz Schram P.C. and co-counsel for Eight Mile Style in the case. (Crains Detroit)

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