Nobody messes with Marshall Matthers III, aka Eminem
Eminem and his crew take a bite out of Apple

Everyone wants a bite out of Apple the days. Apple was sued in early July for copyright infringement concerning Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend." Apple came under fire yet again in late July when Jose Trujillo filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the company over the iPhone's lack of a user-replaceable battery and "poor" battery life.

Today, it's rap artist Eminem's turn to bite down to Apple's core. In a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed on Monday, Eminem's producer (Eight Mile Style) and his copyright manager (Martin Affiliated) claim that Universal Musical Group was never authorized to allow the download of his music from iTunes.

"Eight Mile and Martin have demanded that Apple cease and desist its reproduction and distribution and Apple has refused," states the complaint filed by Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated.

Of the 99 cents that Apple receives for each song downloaded from iTunes, 70 cents is given to the recording label. The recording label then gives roughly 9.1 cents of its 70 cents to the publisher of the song.

Recording artists are looking for a way to receive a bigger chunk of the 60.9 cents that is left according to entertainment lawyer Owen Sloane.

"There are a number of unresolved issues," remarked Sloane. "You're going to see more of these suits."

This isn’t the first time that Eminem and Apple have been in a legal scuffle. Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated also sued Apple over the 2004 “Lose Yourself” TV spot for Apple’s iTunes music store. In the commercial, Eminem’s music was used without his permission. The suit was later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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