Eminem Settles Copyright Suit with Apple
Controversial rapper Eminem has settled his lawsuit against Apple iTunes after its commercial aired featuring an iPod-equipped 10-year-old boy singing along to "Lose Yourself," which is Eminem's Oscar-winning theme from "8 Mile." The ad was then performed on MTV over a three-month period beginning in July 2003, and was also featured on the Apple Website.
Infuriated at the unauthorized use of his music, Eminem soon filed a copyright-infringement suit in February 2004 against Apple, MTV and its parent company Viacom, and advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day. In knowing this, Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally approached Eminem and "8 Mile Style" manager Joel Martin, asking them to "rethink their position."
Hence, the rapper changes his mind and be a bit kind to all of his defendants. As a result, as what Eminem's lawyer, Howard Hertz, confirmed Tuesday his client had reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the iPod purveying-company for illicitly using his lyrics to hawk the iTunes Music Store. Further, Hertz said all sides "reached an amicable resolution" and MTV confirmed the legal fight had been "amicably resolved."
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