Eminen looks to ban ringtones

November 2005

Record Labels, Music Publishing, Telecomms

Eminem’s publishing companies have filed a lawsuit yesterday in an effort to stop his songs from being used as cell phone ring tones. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit by Michigan based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated seeks a court order to prohibit five companies from selling Eminem song ring tones on the Internet. Lawyers for the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, said they also plan to sue karaoke companies that sell Eminem songs without getting the proper licenses. The companies named in the suit are Colorado-based Cellus USA, Georgia-based FanMobile, New York-based Nextones.com, New Jersey-based MyPhoneFiles and New Jersey-based MatrixM LLC.

Source : http://www.billboard.com

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