It's the rap heavyweight against the electronics giant...

EMINEM has been allowed to go ahead with a copyright infringement case against APPLE.

The action follows an advertisement for the Apple iPod digital music player which featured a 10-year-old boy singing the rapper’s song ‘Lose Yourself’ from the ‘8 Mile’ film.

The ad was broadcast on MTV, although it’s claimed Apple didn’t getting permission to use the track.

Acccording to BBC News, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the suit by Eminem‘s publishers can now brought against several companies, including MTV’s parent company Viacom.

Also named in the suit, filed in Detroit, are advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day.

Lawyers for the rapper said that Eminem has never endorsed any products through advertising.

The advert appeared on US television from June 2003 for three months, and also promoted the iTunes music download service.

Herschel Fink, defence lawyer, said that no viewer would have thought the use of the song would have implied Eminem endorsed either iPods or iTunes.