Eminem copyright, New Zealand political party to pay $415,000

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Rapper Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" is at the middle of a lawsuit.

New Zealand's main conservative political party is set to pay Eminem's publisher 600,000 New Zealand dollars ($415,000) plus interest after a New Zealand court said it broke copyright laws. The party used a song in its campaign ads that sounds too similar to the rapper's 2002 hit.

"Eminem Esque" was used 186 times during its successful 2014 election. Judge Helen Cull ruled that the difference between the two songs was minimal and "Eminem Esque" reproduced the essence of the Eminem original.

Publisher Eight Mile Style sued the political party, saying the track ripped off Eminem's "Lose Yourself."