New Zealand's National Party has won an appeals court ruling over the amount it has to pay Eminem's publisher for breaching copyright when it used a clone of the Detroit rapper's "Lose Yourself" in a 2014 campaign commercial. The party, which has since fallen out of power, was previously ordered to compensate the publisher, Eight Mile Style, $600,000 NZD ($415,000 USD).
In a new decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal ruled that those damages should be reduced down to $225,000 NZD ($154,000 USD). Party lawyers had argued in their appeal that the original damages were determined by a judge's expert who had no relevant experience in setting such figures. Other factors, including the short runtime of the ad -- 186 times in 11 days in a nation of only 4.8 million -- were also taken into account.
"The advertising message was only relevant to a relatively small population," an Appeals Court summary stated, "and the minimum baseline concept negated proper consideration of a territory-related licence."