Eminem’s publisher sues Facebook over song usage 

click to enlarge The rapper's publisher is suing Facebook for allegedly using one of Eminem's songs without permission. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
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  • The rapper's publisher is suing Facebook for allegedly using one of Eminem's songs without permission.

Eminem’s song publisher is suing Facebook and an 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 of Portland, Ore., 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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