Eminem is donating all of National's copyright cock-up $$$ to hurricane victims

music news 27/10/2017

Eminem will donate any money he gets as a result of the National Party using a copy of his music to hurricane victims in the US.

A track similar to the rapper's hit 'Lose Yourself' was used by the party in a 2014 election campaign ad and this week a court ruled $600,000 had to be paid to Eight Mile Style over the copyright infringement.

In a statement released by a spokesperson for Eminem, it turns out the 'Kill You' hitmaker never even knew of the court action and will give anything he earns from it to people who need it more.

"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, Eight Mile Style, to do the same."

The track used in the National Party advert was entitled 'Eminem Esque' and licensed through an Australian production house.

Eminem has been actively helping victims of the recent series of disasters in the US, setting up a fundraising effort with e-commerce firm StockX to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas and Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Caribbean and parts of Florida.

He wants fans to donate US$10 or more to the StockX-Eminem Hurricane Relief Fund and will match up to US$250,000 himself.

Those who do give money to the effort will be entered into a raffle to win special sneakers donated by Eminem along with Mark Wahlberg, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg and NBA superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry.