“Whether the arena be the Grammys, Oscars or freestyle rap battles, you don’t want to face Eminem as an opponent. That’s a lesson Universal Music Group learned when it took on the rapper in the Supreme Court, which refused to hear its appeal in a lawsuit over downloadable music. The court’s refusal to hear the case, reports the Detroit Free Press, probably means Eminem won between $40 million and $50 million from the publisher.
“The case, which dates back to 2007, involves a dispute between a company that represents Eminem and the studio over the amount of royalties it owes over ringtones and downloads. Universal claimed the rate was the standard 18 percent of suggested retail price, but the Eminem reps considered downloads a licensing situation, meaning they were entitled to 50 percent of net revenue. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier decision to side with Eminem’s reps.”
Read the full article at The Consumerist.