The stars are accused of unlawfully sampling music by the pensioner's late husband on 'The Slim Shady LP'...
Harlene Stein says the track’Guilty Conscience’, which was released as a single, features snippets from a piece called ‘Pigs Go Home’ that her husband Ronald wrote for the score of the 1970 film ‘Getting Straight’.
Billboard reports the woman filed a lawsuit last month in the US District Court complaining that Eminem and Dr Dre used her late husband’s music to compose the background instrumental for the track, which reached Number Two in the UK charts.
Mrs Stein’s complaint also names Eminem ‘s music publishing companies and Interscope Records as co-defendants.
The liner notes for ‘The Slim Shady LP’ state that ‘Guilty Conscience’ features an ‘interpolation’ of ‘Go Home Pigs’, but Stein is never credited as the song’s composer, nor was his wife ever paid royalties.
The suit does not specify damages, which Stein’s attorneys are calculating, but they could amount to well more than £2 million.
Mrs Stein is asking for 5% of the retail list price of 90% of the 4.6 million copies of ‘The Slim Shady LP’ sold in America and 2.5% of the retail price of 90% of the albums sold abroad.
In addition, she is demanding substantial payments from sheet music sales and publishing royalties, as well as punitive damages.
Mrs Stein also asks that Interscope cease from distributing records with the sample of ‘Pigs Go Home’ and that all existing copies be pulled from shelves.