Eminem’s Music Publisher Sues Apple Computer over Music Downloads

eminem.jpgAttorneys for Eminem’s music publisher and copyright manager filed suit against Apple Computer Inc. on Monday (July 30) claiming that the computer giant is selling the rapper’s music through their iTunes Music Store without proper permission. According to the Detroit News, Eight Mile Style LLC and Martin Affiliated LLC filed the multimillion-dollar suit against the iPod manufacturer in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Monday. The two companies allege that, although Apple pays Em’s label—Universal Music Group—a portion of the 99 cents they earn from each iTunes sale, the publisher and copyright manager never granted Universal permission to authorize the downloads. The suit further claims that “Eight Mile and Martin have demanded that Apple cease and desist its reproduction and distribution and Apple has refused.” The Detroit News spoke with entertainment lawyer Owen Sloane who says the suit is likely a sign of an impending increase in litigation of this type.

Musicians and the copyright holders of their material feel that the rights that record labels hold to the music does not in turn entitle them to sell and profit from digital downloads. Currently, Apple pays about 70 cents of their 99-cent download fee to the artist’s record label, which, in turn, pays about 9.1 cents to the music publisher. According to Sloane, the problem lies in how the remaining 60.9 cents is distributed. Since digital downloads are typically treated as sales, the artist is only entitled to a royalty, which is a small percentage of that amount. If the transactions were treated as licensing agreements, the artist would receive a larger amount. Eight Mile Style and Martin previously sued Apple in 2004 over the unauthorized use of Em’s smash hit “Lose Yourself” in a commercial for the iTunes music store. The case was later settled out of court.

  • KLETEWOOD

    Man…Apple stole my shit too. They be selling my tunes without my permission. I’m about to strap up and shoot somebody.

  • ualredykno

    yooo cuntwood or whoever u iz nigga shut yo mouth boi u aint gon do shyt u best shutyo moutht u pusssyyy nigga

  • ualredykno

    yooo cuntwood or whoever u iz nigga shut yo mouth boi u aint gon do shyt u best shutyo moutht u pusssyyy nigga

  • Fuk Yall

    Damn these mo fos rich as fuck they be suein 4 some of the craziest shit. Shady/Aftermath/Gunit got money ot tha ass they stanky rich.

  • RICO

    Kim gives good brain. She stay up in niggas cars like wood grain.
    She said nobody buys my man’s shit no more!
    Bitch thats what downloading is for!
    Now put it back in your mouth like a good dame.
    I’m adored by mothers and daughters.
    I turn em into smugglers and porters.
    I aint got to go taco bell to cross the border.
    Never been to a hooker, I only get escorted by lawyers.
    My house so huge my foyer has a foyer.
    I blog for fun.
    Gives me shit to do when I aint on the run.
    Lil weezy aint the best. Just saying his name in the top 5 will taint the rest.
    Why did I fuck your wives?
    it wasn’t me.
    I blame the breasts.
    Satan is back..
    You only sit on thrones when ya taking a crap.
    Kanye can get it to.
    Jigga what. More like..Jigga who?
    I keep my bitches wearing no panties, just so they can shit on you etc etc

  • brebre

    *
    KLETEWOOD Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Man…Apple stole my shit too. They be selling my tunes without my permission. I’m about to strap up and shoot somebody.
    ————————————–
    APPLE DIDN’T STEAL YOUR SHIT. YOUR DUMBASS PROBABLY LOST IT.

    AND THEY DON’T NEED YOUR PERMISSION, THEY AIN’T GON SELL YOUR SHIT SINCE YOU ARE……KLETEWOOD. MEANING NOBODY.

    NOW GO BACK TO YOUR MAMA’S BED AND SUCK HER SAGGING ASS TITTIES.

  • The Kanadian

    Man! Why Y’all so hard on cuntwoo… I mean Kletewood! Y’all are just mean as fuck. Hold yer head up KleteWood!!

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    fuk Eminem fuck dat wigger bullshit honkys need to get the fuck out wit dat shit eminem white ass grew up on da white hillbilly trash part not tha dangerous all black part of detroit,fuck wiggers.

  • shady

    DARK Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 9:16 pm
    fuk Eminem fuck dat wigger bullshit honkys need to get the fuck out wit dat shit eminem white ass grew up on da white hillbilly trash part not tha dangerous all black part of detroit,fuck wiggers
    ————————————–
    well that wigger has sold over 80 million recors and lyricaly one of the best

  • shady

    DARK Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 9:16 pm
    fuk Eminem fuck dat wigger bullshit honkys need to get the fuck out wit dat shit eminem white ass grew up on da white hillbilly trash part not tha dangerous all black part of detroit,fuck wiggers
    ————————————–
    well that wigger has sold over 80 million recors and lyricaly one of the best

  • http://www.myspace.com/krazy_sexxxy_kool king_of_gq

    RICO killed that freestyle…to damn bad he stole the shit from me…lmao

  • http://xxl King Ben

    Rico shut the fuck up. Pause. You mad corny yo. Em kicked a wack ass verse on the new TI shit. Give the whitey his dollars Apple.

  • http://xxlmag.com Capone

    who da fuck is thiz “DARK” motherfucker that wrote fuck wiggers??!! let me ask you something…did EM do something to you?? or any other boy that lived in a white hillibilly trash or something like that???? coz man you aint goin nowhere wit dat shit…….gat da point…nobody is unike neither you DARK…..shut yo fuckin mouth then!!! peace

  • raK0nTuRR

    EMz lyrickz r mad hot i tell you all mad hot favourz

  • Weezy F Baby

    Didn’t Em do a commercial for Apple? Or they used his “Lose Yourself” song with permission obviously. Why would he endorse his product if all of this was happening?

  • brebre

    king_of_gq, YOUR NAME IS THE LAMEST. KING OF GQ, LMAO. IT’S LIKE CALLING YOURSELF “I’M HOMO AND PLEASE FUCK ME IN THE ASS”.

    HAVE U EVER SEEN A FERRARI OWNER WEARING A FERRARI JACKET? NEVER. ONLY THOSE BROKE ASS WANNA BE POSERS WEARING THAT SHIT AROUND LIKE A CLOWN. LOL. AND THAT’S YOU, CUM-SWALLOWING FAGGOT.

  • Lano

    DARK Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 9:16 pm
    fuk Eminem fuck dat wigger bullshit honkys need to get the fuck out wit dat shit eminem white ass grew up on da white hillbilly trash part not tha dangerous all black part of detroit,fuck wiggers.

    What does his race have to do with this.I mean don’t get me wrong it’s his money.Stop being racist you sound worst than a white man!!!!

  • Lano

    Fuk Yall Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 6:30 pm
    Damn these mo fos rich as fuck they be suein 4 some of the craziest shit. Shady/Aftermath/Gunit got money ot tha ass they stanky rich.
    RICO Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    Kim gives good brain. She stay up in niggas cars like wood grain.
    She said nobody buys my man’s shit no more!
    Bitch thats what downloading is for!
    Now put it back in your mouth like a good dame.
    I’m adored by mothers and daughters.
    I turn em into smugglers and porters.
    I aint got to go taco bell to cross the border.
    Never been to a hooker, I only get escorted by lawyers.
    My house so huge my foyer has a foyer.
    I blog for fun.
    Gives me shit to do when I aint on the run.
    Lil weezy aint the best. Just saying his name in the top 5 will taint the rest.
    Why did I fuck your wives?
    it wasn’t me.
    I blame the breasts.
    Satan is back..
    You only sit on thrones when ya taking a crap.
    Kanye can get it to.
    Jigga what. More like..Jigga who?
    I keep my bitches wearing no panties, just so they can shit on you etc etc
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Wack on my goodness that is so bad.What the hell is that a “rap”LOL.
    I guess it’s hating season but dude that was so bad.

  • liveonce

    99 % OF RAPPERS ARE BROKERS … LOAN MONEY… FRONTIN IN VIDEOS MONEY.. EM GOT CAKE ,50 , JAYZ, MAYBE TI ,AND AFEW OTHERS BUT MOST ARE BROKE AND LIVE FROM SHOW TO SHOW.. BEFORE I MOVE TO INVESTMENT BANKING ..I WAS WORKING IN THE MUSIC BIZ….I GOT OUT BECAUSE THE SHIT IS A BIG FRONT AND FEW PEOPLE GOT CAKE!!! SAD!! THE LIES!!

  • KLETEWOOD

    I MAKE ONE FUCKING JOKE….Fucking around and shit>>>and ya’ll believe that i-tunes stole my music. BREBRE BELIEVES ANYTHING. HIS MAMA BE CALLING ME ALL DAY FOR BRILLOW AND PYREX. I MAKE HER TAKE OUT HER TEETH WHILE SHE SLOBS ON MY DICK. THEN, I KICK HER IN THE SHINS AND SHE LIMPS HOME.

  • KLETEWOOD

    ualredykno Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 5:20 pm
    yooo cuntwood or whoever u iz nigga shut yo mouth boi u aint gon do shyt u best shutyo moutht u pusssyyy nigga
    ^^^^^^^^

    HAHAHAHAHA…I CAN’T EVEN READ WHAT THE FUCK YOUR SAYING. WHERE DID YOU LEARN ENGLISH? TACO BELL. GO SIT ON YOUR THUMB AND SUCK IT.

    YOU FUCKING JOSE CONSECO WANNA BE SNITCH.

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    first of all fuck record sales who cares if he sold 80 mil copies ppl who by dis garbadge honky wigger shit sure ass hell aint black folks its whiteboys in da burbs.capone u shut your punk bitch mouth faggot look how fast you wiggers respond n how angry you get.Newsflash black folks dont like wiggers whiteboys who prepatrait go to any reel hood dressin like us an talkin like us youd get fucked up simple as that.

  • “the wigger”

    DARK….look pussy,fuck your no job,on wellfair ass! newsflash white people that listen to rap arnt all wiggers so get off the computer and go get a job so i can stop paying for your food stamps……ya fuckin waste of life….

  • rodney king

    dark can suck a dick you little hatin bitch,you just mad em spits harder than ninty percent of the clowns in the rap game.

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  • RICO

    Oh no its Rico!
    you thought it was the end
    Heres the sequel
    Which one of you rapping bastards is next.
    I send grown men home to thier wives and liquor cabinets. (WOO!)
    eccentric and Witty like a motherfucker.
    Word? Your moms got big titis.
    Now that u mention it,
    I ….am a motherfucker.
    Just this once,
    yall can ask me bout my business
    But, I’ll answer in 3 months,
    the maggots haven’t finished eating the witness.
    Please hate this verse
    I’d prefer u kill ur sellf
    And REMEMBER Children
    please remove the safety first.
    Oh no not another gifted nigga
    Yup, Steak for me,
    keep your chicken dinner.
    And I only want your daughter for sex
    keep the door closed while you’re shitting sister.
    We aint growing old together.
    IT ONLY TAKES 1 TO LOAD THE BERETTA.
    Let the hate commence,
    trust me dude,
    the ice on my wrist still won’t condense.
    That means melt, you simple fuckers
    And don’t tell me bout ya guns
    until you show up on Rap city with a missle launcher
    I’ve seen em all.
    Squeezed em all
    Listen to your homeboys,
    and fuck with me,
    He lent you his gun
    but will he give you a kidney.
    Don’t be mad, it my world and your disney.
    And your girl look like she use her mouth to catch frisbees.
    Who is he?
    The man, the myth, the legend
    Every time i spit,
    theres risk of infection.
    FUCKIN sick.
    Herpes and rabies
    AKA….

    Micheal Vick

    1 HUNNED

    RIIIIIIIICO!

  • fuckin cracker

    Are dark and rico lovers?

  • Kill Shady

    eminem is a wigger, plain and simple.

    he may sale 1,000,000,000,000 records
    and go triple platinum after dropping
    an album full of nursery rhymes b/c of
    his wigger supporting “stan” fans..

    but at the end of the day…

    he’s still a wigger.

    fk trailer parks.

    and fk anyone defending him.

    he’s not the greatest of all time.
    he’s probably not even top 10 MC of all time.

    top seller? sure. marketable? of course.
    but at the end of the day…

    substance > mainstream acceptance

    and oh yeah…he’s still a wigger.

    wiggers should be put in concentration camps and sent to the real HOOD. Send ‘em to the worst-worst hoods and barrios.

    and let’s watch ‘em act all tough then. phaggots. wanna act black, but if a po-po were to pull ‘em over…that “accent” changes real-real quick.

    fking look stupid with your hat on crooked, your upper lip snarl, your over-attempt at walking with swag, your “shape-up”…just everything.

    DIE. fking die. Nothing wrong with acting like a white person. Quit pretending to be something you ain’t.

    Wiggers.