Alf has every confidence in the outcome of the Eminem legal action against the National Party, which apparently will have its first day in court next week when lawyers for both sides meet to discuss process.
His constituents are well aware of the background, because it was a topic for discussion down at the Eketahuna Club just before the election.
That’s when some outfit based in Detroit, Eminem Publishers, announced it was suing National for alleged copyright infringement.
The company was arguing our original rowing-themed advertisement had a riff similar to that of Lose Yourself, the theme song for 8 Mile in which Eminem played a struggling rapper.
At that time the National Party responded by saying it believed it had correctly licensed the song from bodies which were established to represent the rights of artists in this part of the world.
But this Eminem mob are a persistent bunch, as we learned here at Stuff today:
Farm leaders are gunning for Bryce Johnson and his mob, questioning whether public funds have been misappropriated by New Zealand Fish and Game and calling for a review of the organisation’s powers.
Their demands follow the High Court’s finding in favour of pastoral lessees and against Fish and Game, the rods and guns outfit which sought a declaratory judgement on whether lessees have exclusive possession and to grant the public greater access to leasehold land.
The right to exclusive possession hadn’t been questioned in the past, because it was the clear intent of the government to grant it when the leases were created.
Federated Farmers is among those now insisting the Government look at the legislative privilege that enables Fish and Game to fund such “frivolous litigation.” Read the rest of this entry »