Watch lawyers sit in stony-faced silence as Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ blasts out through courtroom speakers

Not even a foot tap

Lawyers at the High Court in Wellington, New Zealand

Video footage showing a group of lawyers in New Zealand listening to rap music has racked up over 60,000 views in under a week.

Taken from the opening day of a trial at New Zealand’s High Court in Wellington, the short clip shows some of the country’s finest legal minds sitting in sober silence as Eminem’s chart-busting banger ‘Lose Yourself’ rings out around the court.

Far from a misguided attempt to motivate the court, the US-born rapper’s 2002 track was actually being played as part of a copyright infringement claim. The National Party (a conservative political party in New Zealand) is accused of using a similar song titled ‘Eminem Esque’ during a 2014 political broadcast.

Lawyers for the track’s publishers are asking for a cash settlement and an acknowledgement by the court that the National Party breached copyright.

Complex legal wranglings aside, the footage — posted online earlier this week — has amassed a whopping 60,000 views and makes for excellent viewing.

One YouTube user commented: “I half expected the guy who pressed play to just flip around and start spitting the verses.” Another, clearly amused by the lawyers’ muted reaction to the music, said: “That club looks sick as fuck.”

The trial is expected to last a week.

Watch the clip in full below:

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27 Comments

Anonymous

I just can’t . I could not have helped but rap along. Love that song. Thinking being a barrister is off the cards.

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Anonymous

Shit, guess it’s time for a career change. No way could I have been that still.

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Anonymous

Blondie in the back is down for it and the Stenographer looks like she thought the National Party’s version was rubbish

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Kiwi

It is the Registrar, not the stenographer sitting in front of the Judge.

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Anonymous

This video tells me that we should never wear ties with gowns. Awful.

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Anonymous

Preciselush.

Should go the whole hog with collar n bands or else ditch the robes.

Could always go continental and have a jabot…

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Anonymous

This guy definitely feels awkward playing Eminems song, man he needs to cheer up missreble cxxx.

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Anonymous

He needs to be professional. Do you honestly just expect him to start flipping shit around the room…

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Anonymous

Literally laughed out loud on the train home after a long day!!

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Anonymous

I’m convinced it’s copyright infringement (why has the National Party not settled?), I’d like to say the National Party cover is also a crime against music, please throw away the ‘musician’s’ keys.

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Da da dum da-dum da-da da-da

Claimant ready
Defence looks kinda upsetti
Judge adjourning for lunch already
Mom’s spaghetti

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Anonymous

the problem is obvious – gowns and ties – come on get some class. get jiggy with ya wig on. when I’m in my wig and gown I’m always “on the one” with my funk brother Bootsy Collins.

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Oop there goes gravity

Blond woman on the left was starting to feel it

But then she…

Snapped back to reality.

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Anonymous

“Can i copy your homework?” “sure but change it up a little so the teacher wont catch us.”

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Anonymous

Eminem is the king. He cannot and will not be defeated.

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Surprise Rap Fan, 1 time GDLer

Have you ever heard of Jay-Z, Biggie or even a chap called 2Pac? Without them, Eminem would not exist.

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The Real Chubby Shady

I can no longer stand up and need a mobility scooter.

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LCgrowup

What a pointless statement you have made LC. What do you expect a professional lawyer to be doing? Blowing it out of proportion! He is not ‘stony-faced’ for goodness sake!

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Anonymous

lol This was weird as hell to watch I love Eminem but watching these old guys who’s highlight of their day is drinking coffee and having a bowl movement have to listen to a Em track is cringy as fuck. I hope I’m not like that in my 50’s and 60’s lmao.

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