The lawsuit between Eminem’s publishing company Eight Mile Style and Apple has begun, with the publisher saying it wants a direct relationship with Apple and iTunes, rather than being disintermediated by record labels. “The publisher owns these compositions, not [label] Aftermath. … If Eight Mile had a direct licensing relationship with Apple, this kind of nonsense would not happen,”said Eight Mile lawyer Richard Busch. However, Apple attorney Glenn Pomerantz retorted that Apple does not make that kind of deal, and pointed out that of the 70 cents Apple pays Aftermath for every Eminem download, Eight Mile gets 9.1 cents. “They’ve been paid a lot of money. We don’t begrudge them that,” he said. “But they’re not entitled to that money and Apple’s profits” – referring to Eight Mile’s claim for a share of Apple’s iPod profits.

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