Eminem's Digital Royalty Case To Resume In Federal Court In June

Having been rejected by the Supreme Court, the case of F.B.T. Productions LLC versus Aftermath Records will resume in a California court within weeks.

A 2009 trial that pitted early Eminem producers, the Bass Brothers against Aftermath Records for percentage of Eminem’s digital royalties may finally get resolved this month. After bouncing between various appellate courts, the case of F.B.T. Productions LLC versus Aftermath Records will see a second trial. At issue, is whether the Bass Brothers—producers of upwards of a dozen Eminem songs including “97 Bonnie & Clyde,” “Kim” and “Just Don’t Give A Fuck”—are entitled to more than the typical 18-23% royalty split of all of digital downloads.

In at least two previous cases, the courts have ruled in favor of F.B.T. Productions. A 2010 ruling made a distinction between a licensing and a sales provision when determining royalty payments from digital downloading services such as Amazon.com and iTunes. According to sources familiar with the case, those small changes in language could add up to tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments.

“The distinction potentially meant that the Bass brothers were owed a much larger percentage of royalties than they had received,” wrote Eriq Gardner, in an article for The Hollywood Reporter. “Aftermath doesn’t believe that a trial is necessary at all, saying there are no facts in dispute. Despite the 9th Circuit decision, widely seen as a victory for musicians in digital royalty claims, Aftermath is basically declaring victory in this case, pointing to a judge’s order that it is permitted to deduct distribution fees.”

Of course, all of that could potentially change if and when the case goes to trial.

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10 Comments

  • Anonymous

    If and when are the key words

  • Jah Jah the hottest Female Rapper

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Like Em would care, no $ is coming from him. On the downside, he might not be able to produce like his old stuff..

  • Anonymous

    what yall don't understand is aftermath n interscope are full of snakes....they should be fuckin robbed

  • Jason

    Shit!! drop in the bucket for Em!! especially after this next album and the Southpaw movies gross earnings!!

  • Doug

    Em should work with the Bass brothers again. I feel they produced his best work. Straight up!

  • Anonymous

    No wonder Em does drugs. Everyone wants something from him.

    • smh

      can't you fucking read no money is coming out of Eminem's pocket this is between PRODUCERS and the RECORD LABEL it has nothing to do with the ARTIST

    • sealittle

      i agree, this is just absurd. i wonder what the original contract reads...

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