US Judge Allows Access to Eminem ‘Racist’ Recordings

February 2004

Record Labels, Music Publishers, Artists

Controversial alleged ‘racist’ recordings by rapper Eminen will be made available, a judge has ruled. US hip-hop magazine¬†The Source¬†had won the right to publish limited extracts from two tracks the rapper recorded as a teenager, which it maintains are racist. The singer says he made the recordings when he was young, “frustrated, stupid and angry”. His lawyers had argued that publishing the tracks would violate copyright laws but District Judge Lynch ruled that limited reproduction constituted “fair use” of copyrighted material for the purposes of criticism. The magazine will be allowed to publish 20 seconds and eight lines from the songs.

For details of music sampling (including case law in the US and UK) see the article by Ben Challis at :

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