Eminem settles one of five ringtone disputes

Published: 2006-06-07
Controversial rapper Eminem's publishing companies Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated have reached a settlement in a lawsuit against one of five companies that sells his popular tunes as ringtones.

The settlement reached with Colorado-based company Cellus USA still has to be approved by US District Judge Gerald E. Rosen in Detroit. Terms of the deal are confidential but the company has agreed to stop manufacturing and selling Eminem's songs as ringtones, no word on whether any payments were made to Eminem's publishing companies as a part of the agreement.

Cellus, however, is only one of five companies that were named in the lawsuit filed in October 2005. Ringtone makers FanMobile, Nextones.com, myPhoneFiles and MatrixM LLC were also named. In February 2006 a similar suit was launched against Phattones Media Productions.

According to E!Online, "Nextones, headquartered in New York, reportedly failed to respond to the suit and Rosen subsequently entered a default judgment in the amount of $195,000 on May 16."

E!Online also states that Eminem's lawyer, Howard Hertz "said Eminem would seek to collect payment. New Jersey-based myPhoneFiles is reportedly in the process of negotiating a licensing agreement with Em's publishing firms, which it hopes to announce soon."

When Slim Shady is finished settling with all of the ringtone companies he is set to go after karaoke companies next.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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