Eminem Recovers Money in Royalty Lawsuit

In these fiscally bleak times everyone’s trying to get their paper, even one of the world’s biggest rappers. Eminem and his former production company, FBT Productions, recently won an appeal against Universal Music Group for royalty money. The decision comes after last year’s jury verdict determined no extra revenue was due from unpaid digital and ringtone sales between 2003 and 2008. However, last week a federal judge determined otherwise.

The suit started when FBT reps requested a 50-percent royalty rate for music sold via iTunes. However, Universal only offered up the standard percentage given for physical sales. Although Eminem himself was not an active participant in the lawsuit, he stands to reap some of the profits. According to FBT’s Joel Martin, so does the rest of the music industry.

“This potentially readjusts the economics between the artist and the record company, and that’s been long overdue,” Martin told the Detroit Free Press. “It puts Eminem in a position he should have been in to begin with, which is to receive a larger portion of the download royalties.”

While some believe this case has the potential to spark similar suits, where artists seek bigger profit shares of digital sales, label heads are skeptical. “It should be noted that this ruling sets no legal precedent,” Universal spokesman Peter Lofrumento wrote in a statement, “as it only concerns the language of one specific recording agreement.”

Despite the current win for FBT, Universal reps expressed plans to appeal the latest decision. Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as more information on the case develops. —Trevor Rockland

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  • that nigga

    Wow, you have to fight for your royalties from downloaded music sales (your music)? wtf, man? This world aint goin to shit, it already is.

  • Sha

    This is one of the benefits of having the funds to afford excellent attorneys. You shouldn’t have to chase after something that is rightfully yours. Big ups to Em’s lawyers for doing what their paid to do. But I’m sure a few artists at Bad Boy wish that they had this type of representation. Puff is sitting pretty slimy.

  • Malik

    Guess this is what Prince was talking about.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      ^ yes it is.

      When cats were typing Prince is weird anyway, he ain’t relevant, he was talking the truth to get cats to get their bread.

      iTunes and the major labels are the culprits here, not imprints.

  • (yet another)nigga

    That goes 4 rockafella 2

  • Jamal7Mile

    Recording artists –> +1
    Shady music business –> ZERO

    Ah, yes. Another win against the machine we now call the music business. It’s about time some of the shit the indu$try pulls on the regular bounced back at them. I’m praying that this is a game-changing Hip-Hop EVENT and not just a simple isolated court win. Artists getting paid for their work??? Who woulda thunk’d it?

    Now if only there was a way to get the radio stations to ball up that universal playlist and slam-dunk it into the garbage. Stop fucking with the radio DJ’s (and club DJ’s, too) and let them do their thing!

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