Eminemís publisher demands $2.2 million from Apple

By on October 11, 2010, 12:06 PM
Eminem's people are determined to force Apple to hand over cash in settlement of the outstanding litigation over download sales of the rapper's music, according to The Detroit News. Less than a month after Apple and Aftermath Records lost an appeal case pertaining to the litigation, Eminem's music publisher (Ferndale-based Eight Mile Style LLC) has asked a US District Court judge in Detroit to enforce the settlement, which is a rather substantial $2.2 million.

It's not clear how Apple and Aftermath Records have to pay for the sum, which has never previously been disclosed until now. The Court of Appeals determined Eminem's publisher is entitled to 50 percent of sales proceeds, not the 12 percent it had received, for downloads of his songs and ringtones made between 2003 and 2008 through Apple's iTunes store. 12 percent of sales is the agreed-upon rate for physical albums. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, was not a party in the lawsuit.

Digital music distributors, including Apple, have had many problems with music labels over the years. It's a huge price war: consumers expect to pay less than they do for physical media, music sales overall are floundering, and companies are trying to figure out how to increase revenue.





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mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Does anyone believe the artist actually cares that much about this? I personally doubt it.

Guest said:

agreed, this is about music labels making their money. good, popular artists will always make money from tours and gigs. the days of the record labels are numbered.

the myspace generation has taken control. with a decent pc and a keyboard you can make music at home and with a bit of social networking savvy you can make a name for yourself.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

mattfrompa said:

Does anyone believe the artist actually cares that much about this? I personally doubt it.

People take getting ripped off pretty seriously. If you found out that someone took 3/4 profit from you for anything you wouldn't get upset?

Guest said:

now, all of a sudden, apple fans hate Eminem.

Guest said:

People get very confused about this issue and really have little understanding of the subject. So lets simplify the issue. A typical artist's share of sales with a record label is $1 or $2 per album. Releasing an album yourself can net you $6 to $8 for each unit. The "Industry" is seeing profits hemorrhage not to piracy or online retail but from many artist wanting the $6 to $8 from a $10 cd rather than the $1 to $2.

In the past as an artist you had to have major label backing to have exposure to the audience and to produce 1 million copies of their music distribute it and collect revenue for the artist. The table has turned and the labels are no longer relied upon to help a new artist. Needless to say digital copies cost nothing to reproduce and distribute. Artist no longer see the company having to bear any cost for the artist so they demand more money. The bottom line is always money.

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

I love everybody's attitude toward this story. Apple steals 2.2 million from Eminem and its like "oh well" BUT if someone downloads 10 bucks worth of Eminem songs off the torrents, then people treat is as the end of days...unf**kinbelieveable

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

People take getting ripped off pretty seriously. If you found out that someone took 3/4 profit from you for anything you wouldn't get upset?

My point was more that the artist won't see the entire $2.2 million, which even if he did then because of his already vast wealth, I doubt this current loss is stopping him from doing much.

But yes of course he would be upset as would his people. But when you already have so much, I know I wouldn't let it bother me for long.

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