Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Eminem Royalty Case

The 9th Circuit's ruling in favor of Eminem and F.B.T. Productions may stand after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group.

A 2010 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court granting Eminem and F.B.T. Productions half of the royalties of digital downloads will likely stand after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group Monday.

Since their introduction, major record labels have typically given artists an 18-23% royalty split of all of digital downloads. In 2004, The Bass Brothers, collectively known as F.B.T. Productions, filed a suit against Aftermath Records and Universal Music Group. The lawsuit called for an increased royalty share of the alleged $2.5 million Eminem's digital downloads made between 2003 and 2008. Universal appealed the 9th Circuit court’s ruling in September of 2010 and lost, which gave them the option of taking the matter to the Supreme Court.

F.B.T. discovered Eminem in 1995 before prior to him signing in 1998 with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint. They are either partially or fully credited with production on roughly 15 Eminem songs including “97 Bonnie & Clyde,” “Kim” and “Just Don’t Give A Fuck.”

21 Comments

  • anti-est.org

    A detailed write-up on the larger issue at hand http://www.anti-est.org/2011/05/renegade-brigade.html

  • onelove

    unbelievable that niggas start arguing here over whos the best on every single fucking article.

  • Chriss

    I'm sorry to tell you this but , pac sold these many albums because there wasn't so much internet piracy back then . Eminem sold 90 milion albums now , when 90% of the listeners dont buy anything . Eminem = G.O.A.T PEACE

    • James Willard

      i absolutely love eminem and 2pac but come on guys lets not talk about race for fuck sake.. eminem is my favorite rapper is it because im white nooo because even though eminem is my favorite i still have 2 admit that pac is the best.. not just because his music but also the influence his music had on the industry.. lets forget about race...

    • r

      @supadupa.. 'Em wouldn't be shit if he was black' Are u fukin serious!?? The dude is one of the most gifted rhymers ever regardless of color! Talent always shines! How many bullshit artists are there out there who are black, dont come close to em's skill but are still known and sell records. Em would be Big anyway u idiot

    • SupaDupa

      And Pacs Black. Hate to be the one that says it but Em wouldnt be shit if he was black

    • ebonics

      hold your horses, eminem aint no fucking goat. He's top 10-15 and thats still mad respect, but goat hell no.

    • BEEZLEBUD

      WRONG ON ALL OF THAT Em sold 45 million Pac didnt have millions spent on marketing, he didnt have 500 music channels and tv talk shows marketing and promoting his albums, he didnt have itunes and amazon making it easy to purchase his albums, he didnt have 1000s of websites marketing his albums, his didnt have the opportunity to hit radio station for 12 years like Eminem marketing his albums he didnt have 12 years of shows too market his albums PAC>>>EMINEM IS UNDISPUTABLE ON EVERY LEVEL

  • Greg

    This just goes to show you that the U.S. Supreme Court is just that "Supreme". It should'nt be bothered with the crap that, especially the ultra left wing liberal 9th. Circuit Court, let's itself hear. The Supreme Court is limited in scope to constitutional issues not garbage.

  • Anonymous

    take note of the picture all you fucking stans who keep tryna claim hes outsold Pac 32 MILLION SOLD BEFORE RECOVERY PAC HAS 75 MILLION SOLD... MEN LIE WOMEN LIE STANS LIE PLAQUES DONT

    • rap

      hey eminem sold 39,643,000 in the U.S. as of end of 2010 look at http://bit.ly/eZLW41 if you want proof and 2Pac sold 37.5 in U.S., but Eminem's worldwide sales exceed Pac's by millions

    • EddieMurrrphy

      Annnd boom goes the dynamite

    • Anonymous

      SEMANTICS CHILD FACT IS THE INTERNET IS NOT A RELIABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION SINCE ANYONE CAN POST THE INFORMATION WITHOUT NEEDING ANY FACTS TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS THAT PLAQUE STATES CLEARLY 32 MILLION SOLD FOR THE DECADE NOT 32 MILLION "US" SOLD WHY COZ ITS THE TOTAL HIS 3RD HIGHEST SELLIN ALBUM ONLY JUST REACHED 10 MILLION, RECOVERY IS AT 4 ISH RELAPSE AT 2 ISH WHERE THE FUCKS HIS OTHER 75 MILLION YALL CLAIMING COZ HIS HIGHEST 2 HAVENT SOLD ANYWHERE NEAR 35 MILLION EACH

    • Anonymous

      google is a search engine not a source....

    • Anonymous

      Blunteddaily it's time you quit the weed you can't afford to lose any more brain cells that IS GLOBAL SALES Eminems TOTAL GLOBAL is 45 million fool and hit google lmmfao google will also tell me the world is gonna end on May 21 2011 so not exactly a credible source son

    • Anonymous

      fuck all of u pac and eminem are both great em never said he was better then pac some jerk off made the comparison. ur all idiots who just start shit on the internet cuz u have a low IQ

    • BluntedDaily

      Are you trying to say that when Eminem dies, people won't go out and re-buy all of his shit again? Really? If Eminem died today, you know how many more records he'd sell? People would be out coppin all of his albums, instead of going to the 2Pac section and only seeing "All Eyez on Me," since that seems to be the only Pac album his "fans" tend to bump.

    • Anonymous

      and pac did it without selling out, and he also sold fucken dead. get outa here, no self promotion, no news, nothing, and hes still selling like a fucken god. GOAT=PAC, eminems 12th in my book, still good.

    • Anonymous

      32 Million in U.S. only.... He has sold over 80 Million world wide, thus passing Pac.. do some research kid... you were right, plaques don't lie

    • BluntedDaily

      Hit google and do some research, that's just for US albums sold you dummy. Eminem has over 80mil+ worldwide, while Pac has 75mil+ worldwide. Get outta here.

    • Anonymous

      umm Pac is dead?

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