Rapper Eminem sues Apple (again)

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  • Reply 21 of 49
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    Originally Posted by roehlstation View Post


    Eminem....the Draco Malfoy of the music business...



  • Reply 22 of 49
    shaminoshamino Posts: 481member
    This should be an open-and-shut case.



    Who owns the copyright on the songs? Eminem or Universal? If Universal holds the copyright, then the case should be thrown out of court. If Eminem (or his company) holds the copyright, then both Universal and Apple are guilty of copyright violation.



    If Eminem holds the copyright and Universal lied to Apple about ownership, it might absolve Apple of liability, but Apple would have to prove that. I assume Apple requires every content-provider to sign a contract stating that they hold the copyright on any provided content.



    In other words, unless Apple was very stupid, Eminem's suit is either frivolous, or should be exclusively against Universal.
  • Reply 23 of 49
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    Originally Posted by roehlstation View Post


    ummm...2000 a day? Where are you getting those numbers? 2000 a day times 365 days is 730,000 a year. They are selling more than 2000 a day.



    The Marshall Mathers LP sold over 20 Million Copies. if they'd all been sold on iTunes. at 9 cents a track 20 million times 18 tracks on the album times 9 cents comes to: $32,400,000



    The Eminem Show sold over 20 Million Copies, there are 20 tracks on that for $36,000,000. If sold as individual tracks on iTunes.



    Obviously the pricing structure on albums are a little different, but those numbers don't seem very small to me.



    They also get a lot of advances from the labels and what not. Anything he is spending on alimony, lawyers, agents, the mob and so forth is his own doing.



    I was pulling numbers out of my ass. I was trying to guess per song not per album, but appearently I was off a bit to say the least, lol. I think of it this way, how many artists have filled bankruptcy? Including some of the larger groups like TLC that filled just months after a hit album. As well as Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson.



    So you're saying its more like 50,000 per day?
  • Reply 24 of 49
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    Originally Posted by groverat View Post


    Why is anyone angry at Eminem for defending artists against these massive corporate screw-jobs?



    You answered your own question, problem is, he's not defending artist's against these corporate screw-jobs. Draco, I mean, Marshall is looking out for only himself, you know he has another album coming out this year, this is a publicity stunt. and these Massive corporate screw-jobs are what makes him money. These corporations are the ones putting forth the risk, they are the ones that could lose massive money if he completely tanks. Oh Poor Marshall, grew up in tough times in Detroit, so what, so does a lot of people, none of them are millionaires.
  • Reply 25 of 49
    wallywally Posts: 211member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by groverat View Post


    Why is anyone angry at Eminem for defending artists against these massive corporate screw-jobs?



    I think people are tired of Apple being pinned for something they aren't responsible for (it seems). If Eminem didn't "authorize" his music be sold on iTunes - when did he discover this? 2 weeks ago? Also, why is that Apple's fault. Apple doesn't buy CD's then burn them to put them on the store - they have a deal setup with the big labels. So if Eminem didn't "authorize" his music be sold on iTunes - then he needs to sue Universal.
  • Reply 26 of 49
    Oh cry me a fing river. If he does not want to make money take his shit off iTunes, it will make the store a better place and make him less money. I am all for that.
  • Reply 27 of 49
    derevderev Posts: 64member
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    Originally Posted by pixiegirl View Post


    Well it sure it screwing up the price of Apple's stock.



    Pixie



    A) The stock prices are in flux because of everything BUT meminem (ie: iPhone battery issues, pending wireless auction may also bring platform sharing rules, class action suits aplenty, wallstreet analysts advice, etc.)



    B) The story about memenem does not mention if their are any related lawsuits against the record label. If their are, then the Detroit News is acting biased by only reporting about Apple.
  • Reply 28 of 49
    derevderev Posts: 64member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by groverat View Post


    Why is anyone angry at Eminem for defending artists against these massive corporate screw-jobs?



    memenem is not defending anyone but his own self.



    These massive corporate screw jobs are still happening because we keep electing assholes and let them become puppets of the machine!
  • Reply 29 of 49
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,951member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by roehlstation View Post


    Yeah, most of that 30 cents Apple gets goes right back into the cost of distribution, Apple doesn't really make that much on it. Eminem only had to record the thing once and just sit back and watch the money come in.



    Making a song is a lot harder than that description lets on, and it's not cheap, particularly studio time, and it's not just one recording take, I don't think anyone is that good.



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    Oh then pay his lawyers to sue Apple for entering into a completely legal agreement with the record label Eminem signed his contract with. Is he going to come after me now for listening to his music, or maybe for NOT listening to his music.



    Yeah, the wrong company is being sued.
  • Reply 30 of 49
    the main reason apple is down today is because it has been rumored among some financial peeps that apple is cutting production of iphones (from 9 million down to 6 million).





    as for this whole eminem thing as long as the music publisher is getting their 9 cents per song i dont see what the hell they are complaining about. that rate is statutory... there's no negotiations involved... congress sets that rate.



    so they either get the 9 cents or they don't allow it and they get nothing.



    pretty stupid if you ask me.
  • Reply 31 of 49
    icibaquicibaqu Posts: 278member
    i'm impressed by how good you all are at missing the point:



    "At issue is is whether record labels have the right to turn an artist's CD recordings into digital music downloads on the Internet, or whether further permission is needed from the music publishers who hold the copyrights to the lyrics and sheet music."



    what form of distribution did he and universal agree to and does a different contract need to be drawn up to cover digital downloads. also, what did he relinquish in his contract with universal. none of which we know and all of which potentially makes apple a very liable defendant.
  • Reply 32 of 49
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    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post


    Making a song is a lot harder than that description lets on, and it's not cheap, particularly studio time, and it's not just one recording take, I don't think anyone is that good.

    .



    Oh, i know that, my point is, they do the work once and everyone else handles it from there.



    Also, that studio time is generally paid for by the label in the form of advances, especially after the artist has already made it big.







    Can't say for sure who is at fault since we really haven't read the contract, but just knowing how other contracts go, how exactly distribution takes place is not generally covered.
  • Reply 33 of 49
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    Originally Posted by icibaqu View Post


    i'm impressed by how good you all are at missing the point:



    "At issue is is whether record labels have the right to turn an artist's CD recordings into digital music downloads on the Internet, or whether further permission is needed from the music publishers who hold the copyrights to the lyrics and sheet music."



    what form of distribution did he and universal agree to and does a different contract need to be drawn up to cover digital downloads. also, what did he relinquish in his contract with universal. none of which we know and all of which potentially makes apple a very liable defendant.



    But they don't start out as CD recordings, CDs aren't recordings anyway, they are simply digital files. Unless something is stated specifically as to how it is to be distributed there is no case there. Radio stations receive the files as digital files, they don't get CDs sent to them anymore. The question becomes, are there specifics involved as to how the distribution happens? Is it in the agreement?



    Why is he the only one not thrilled to be distributed in this growing form? iTunes has been a blessing for so many, especially independents. I'm thinking he's just mad that Fergie sells more tracks on iTunes than he does.



    Beware: don't sell your Eminem CDs at your garage sale, Marshall will be watching.
  • Reply 34 of 49
    citycity Posts: 522member
    Eminem should get a job if he needs money
  • Reply 35 of 49
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    Originally Posted by waytogobuddy View Post


    Apple: 30 cents

    UMG: 60.9 cents

    Artist: 9.1 cents



    suing the wrong person much?



    Eminem should have thought about his music rights before Universal bent him over.



    Granted, the monetary displacement unfair for Eminem, but that's not the right reason to sue UMG. His complaint is with UMG, e.g. they're allowing digital sales without Eminem's consent.



    Apple should get a cease and desist letter from Eminem's lawyer... nothing more.



    All this aside, UMG owns Eminem's music. They can do whatever they want with it. If you want the rights to your tunes, use a label you trust, or do what ever self-respecting successful musician does: start your own. He's a millionaire, no? I'm sure he could manage it.



    -Clive
  • Reply 36 of 49
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by madeincupertino View Post


    the main reason apple is down today is because it has been rumored among some financial peeps that apple is cutting production of iphones (from 9 million down to 6 million).





    Yes that is the main reason the stock is down, the rumored iPhone cut back however that has already been said in the news there is no information to back that up at all and the stock isn't recovering like I hoped. As a day trader I'm intimately involved with aapl and pissed right now about this pull back. Oh well such is life.



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    pixie
  • Reply 37 of 49
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    Originally Posted by Clive At Five View Post


    Granted, the monetary displacement unfair for Eminem, but that's not the right reason to sue UMG. His complaint is with UMG, e.g. they're allowing digital sales without Eminem's consent.



    Apple should get a cease and desist letter from Eminem's lawyer... nothing more.



    All this aside, UMG owns Eminem's music. They can do whatever they want with it. If you want the rights to your tunes, use a label you trust, or do what ever self-respecting successful musician does: start your own. He's a millionaire, no? I'm sure he could manage it.



    -Clive



    He has his own label, but that label isn't big enough to handle production and distribution. If he wants to control distribution, make sure it is covered in the contract, do it yourself, or go back to singing in the clubs.



    The irony comes from someone suing for copyright infringement who's stage name sounds an awful lot like a world famous colorful chocolate candy.
  • Reply 38 of 49
    I like Eminem but it seems like he'd rather make money by suing rather than rapping.

    Plus he should be suing universal not Apple.



    I'm sure Universal would just say, well Mr Mathers, we want to do our own iTunes but them [email protected] at Apple have an 80% share and the iPod. If we do own then we could afford to give you a bigger piece of the pie.



    Universal are also onto Youtube when any of their clips go on YouTube. They are even gonna do their own youtube.
  • Reply 39 of 49
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,528member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by roehlstation View Post


    The irony comes from someone suing for copyright infringement who's stage name sounds an awful lot like a world famous colorful chocolate candy.



    Good one!!!
  • Reply 40 of 49
    avoravor Posts: 44member
    Quote:

    Filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Detroit, the formal complaint is the latest move by Eminem's music publishers to aggressively protect the rights to his music, according to the Detroit News.



    AFAIK Eminem hasn't made any music. "Music" should be replaced with "noise".
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