Eminem’s Publishing Company Takes Universal To Court, Steve Jobs To Testify

Posted Feb 24, 2009

Eminem’s publishing company F.B.T. Productions will finally be appearing in court against Universal Music Group over digital music royalties.  The trial will feature witnesses such as Universal Music Group head Jimmy Iovine and Apple CEO Steve Jobs via video.  F.B.T. Productions is seeking additional royalties from purchases made through digital music services like iTunes.  Eminem himself isn’t expected to appear in court.

Eminem sued Universal based on how much the record company was taking away in digital royalties.  If P.B.T. wins the case, it could significantly impact how much the record labels make from online music sales.  This past summer, fellow Detroit native artist Kid Rock decided to have his music removed from iTunes because the record labels were already taking away too much money even after iTunes takes their cut.

Eminem’s record company is seeking about $1.3 million to settle the lawsuit.  The main defendant in this case is Aftermath Records, the label founded by Eminem’s friend and mentor Dr. Dre. One of Eminem’s singles from his upcoming album broke a digital download record.  Eminem’s “Crack a Bottle” featured Dr. Dre and Eminem and had about 418,000 download sales in the first week.

[via The Wrap]