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Eminem’s legal team asks Ramaswamy to stop using “Lose Yourself” in campaign

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 29, 2023. 08:47 pm UPDATED: Aug 29, 2023. 08:47 pm

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Due to a purported breach of contract, Eminem’s legal team has intervened and ordered GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to stop playing the song “Lose Yourself” at campaign events.

Representatives for the well-known rapper have written to BMI to express their disapproval of the unauthorized use of his music in Ramaswamy’s campaign. This action emphasizes how important it is to respect copyright and licensing, even in the realm of politics.

Ramaswamy has received a cease and desist letter from BMI, Eminem’s record company, requesting that he stop using the song on his 2024 campaign trail. Any additional performances of Eminem’s songs by Ramaswamy’s campaign could be construed as a material breach of their contract, raising the possibility of legal repercussions, according to the letter from BMI.

The campaign has stated its intention to abide by the request and stop using “Lose Yourself” in its events in response to the legal action taken by Eminem’s team. This circumstance emphasizes how crucial it is to acknowledge and respect artists’ rights to manage the usage of their creative works, regardless of the setting in which they are used.

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In addition to other recent controversies he has been involved in, Ramaswamy’s use of Eminem’s music has generated controversy. He has made contradictory claims about the January 6th uprising as well as statements about progressive anti-racists. The incident serves as a reminder that there are moral and legal issues that should not be disregarded when politics and music collide.

This episode brings up important issues regarding the limitations of copyright in the context of political campaigns. Despite the fact that artists may have their own political views, the law still protects their rights regarding the commercial use of their works. Even when music serves as the background for political messaging, Eminem’s position emphasizes the importance of observing copyright laws and respecting licensing agreements.

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