Mark Zuckerberg and co. have been acting a little slim shady (heh) recently, at least according to the keeper of rapper Eminem’s extensive musical catalog. The Detroit Free Press reports that Eight Mile Style, the publisher of Eminem’s songs, is suing Facebook and its ad agency for using a song that sounds suspiciously like the artist’s 2000 jam “Under the Influence” in an ad that streamed during Zuck’s announcement of Facebook Home on April 4th.
A few days after the announcement, the ad was posted to YouTube and ran on TV with new music, which Eight Mile Style claims is an indication that Facebook knew they had infringed. Called “Airplane,” the commercial features a hipster walking through an airplane as drag queens pop out at him and his greedy nephew tells him he ate all the chocolate cake.
Writes the Free Press:
The complaint claims the ad agency, Wieden+Kennedy of Portland, Ore., copied Eminem’s music “in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests, and/or to invoke the same irreverent theme” of the rapper’s song.
Of course, we already know Zuck has a thing for Eminem. Back in 2011 he posted a status update about his favorite lyric. “‘Had a dream I was king. I woke up, still king,'” he wrote. “Favorite lyric in a while.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Eminem superfan.