A Los Angeles jury yesterday (May 6) found that Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) illegally used segments of the 1980 tune "Backstrokin'" in his song "Let's Get High" (co-written by Eminem and others)

A Los Angeles jury yesterday (May 6) found that Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) illegally used segments of the 1980 tune "Backstrokin'" in his song "Let's Get High" (co-written by Eminem and others) from the Aftermath/Interscope album "Dr. Dre 2001," Billboard Bulletin reports. The album has sold 6.6 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The jury awarded the plaintiff, London-based music publisher Minder Music Ltd., more than $1.5 million in damages -- less than half of the $3.5 million originally sought.

Last month in U.S. District Court, Minder filed an amended copyright infringement lawsuit of its July 20, 2000, complaint against Dre, Eminem (Marshall Mathers), Interscope Records, and Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), among others, seeking a jury trial.

Spokespersons for Interscope and UMVD declined comment. Dre's lawyer, Howard King, says the infringement was not willful and plans to appeal. "We're not done," says King. "We're only in the 7th inning."

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