American rapper Eminem

The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against New Zealand’s ruling party over the music it used in a campaign commercial.

Detroit-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem’s song Lose Yourself.

Joel Martin, a spokesman for the two companies, said they filed a case in the New Zealand High Court and are seeking damages.

“It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand … should itself have so little regard for copyright,” Mr. Martin said. “We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protect the integrity of Eminem’s works.”

The National Party said in a statement that it would vigorously defend the action. It said the music it used was originally published by Spider Cues Music in Los Angeles and sold to it by an Australian-based supplier.

“The National Party completely rejects the allegation that the library music used in its early campaign advertisements is a copyright infringement of any artist’s work,” the party said.

It said that, nevertheless, it had undertaken two weeks ago not to use the music anymore.

“However, this has not satisfied the complainant,” the party added.

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