News: Eminem Keeps Winning In Universal Music Group Download Case

Monday, Mar 21, 2011 10:10PM

Written by Biz Jones

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem continues his reign after the Supreme Court decided to fall back on getting involved in a case he won last year against Universal Music Group.

Details on the court's decision landed online Monday (March 21).

The U.S. Supreme Court will not involve itself in a fight between rapper Eminem's former production company and Universal Music Group over downloads of the entertainer's songs and ringtones. The high court refused on Monday to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group. (The Associated Press)

Universal's appeal request was to modify a 50-50 ruling over retail downloads.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said F.B.T. Productions LLC's contract entitled Eminem and his producers to a 50-50 split with Universal for recordings licensed to digital distributors such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes. The record label had paid F.B.T. and Eminem 12 percent of sales, the agreed-upon rate for physical albums. F.B.T. discovered Eminem in 1995 before he signed in 1998 with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records. Universal's Interscope Records distributes Aftermath recordings. (ABC News)

Following the initial ruling last September, Universal promised its will to continue the legal fight.

Friday's ruling probably doesn't presage a stampede of artists and their auditors beating up their record labels for more money. For one thing, Universal vowed in a statement to seek a retrial and asserted that anyway, the ruling is not precedent setting. "We will be filing a petition for a rehearing," the company said. "In the meantime, it should be noted that this ruling sets no legal precedent as it only concerns the language of one specific recording agreement. Any assertion to the contrary is simply not true." (Wall Street Journal)

Although Em was named in the lawsuit, he supposedly did not play an active role in pursuing the case.

"Eminem is not a party to this lawsuit," [said a rep for Slim Shady]. The real plaintiff is F.B.T. Productions, a music publishing company affiliated with the rapper early in his career, which is taking Universal to court today in a bid to score millions in profits from digital download revenues, including iTunes and ring tones. (Entertainment Weekly)

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