Eminem's music publisher says the rapper is owed more than $2 million in download dollars, which the company is asking a U.S. District Court judge to help collect.
In a request filed in Detroit last week, Eight Mile Style LLC requested that the court enforce a settlement reached last year in a lawsuit against Apple that alleged the company never received proper permission to make Eminem songs available for download through iTunes. According to the Detroit News, the terms of that settlement were never made public, but apparently totaled more than $2.2 million, including attorney fees.
The central issue of the original suit was whether a record deal between Aftermath and an Eminem representative gave copyright licenses to the rapper's music, and allowed for digital downloads through iTunes. The Associated Press reports that Em's music publisher claimed that Apple made $2.5 million through iTunes downloads of his songs; the company also sought to get a share of Apple's profits from the sale of iPods. The suit also alleged that Aftermath wrongfully collected $4 million from the download of Eminem's songs. In October 2009, following a brief trial, Eight Mile Style and Apple reached a settlement in the case.
And now, the music publisher says, it's time to collect. It's not known just who owes Em the cash, but as the Detroit News points out, the only two defendants in the case are Apple and Aftermath Records.
MTV News' e-mails to representatives for Eminem and Apple seeking comment on the suit were not responded to by press time.