Eminem publisher sues Facebook, W + K

Eminem publisher sues Facebook, W + K

Eminem publisher sues Facebook, W + K

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

DETROIT -- Eminem's song publisher is suing Facebook and a Portland ad agency in Detroit federal court, saying they appropriated one of the rapper's songs.

In the complaint Monday, Ferndale, Mich.-based Eight Mile Style says a Facebook ad broadcast online last month copied music from Eminem's 2000 song "Under the Influence."

The Detroit Free Press reports the 30-second ad was featured in a webcast by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to announce Facebook Home, an interface for Android phones.

The complaint says ad agency Wieden+Kennedy copied Eminem's music "in an effort to curry favor with Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg's personal likes and interests, and/or to invoke the same irreverent theme" of the rapper's song.

Messages seeking comment were left Tuesday with representatives of Facebook and Wieden+Kennedy.

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