Rapper gets plagiarism suit from French man

NEW YORK -- Eminem and his record label have been sued in federal court by a French composer who claims the Grammy-winning rapper stole one of his tunes.

Filed Thursday in Manhattan, the copyright infringement lawsuit accuses Eminem and Interscope Records of lifting parts of "Pulsion" -- a jazz fusion work by Jacques Loussier -- for the caustic rap song "Kill You." The suit, which names Loussier as plaintiff, seeks unspecified damages.

A call to Interscope Records was not immediately returned.

"Kill You" appears on Eminem's best-selling album "The Marshall Mathers LP." The song talks about killing women, with the lyrics, "I'm ready to play, I got the machete from O.J."

Loussier, 67, of Paris, gained fame by fusing classical music and jazz with his Play Bach Trio. He has released more than a dozen albums, selling 6 million copies worldwide, the suit said.

California writer named state's poet laureate

LOS ANGELES -- A veteran of the Beatnik era, a noted Chicano writer and a friend of the late jazz legend Miles Davis are finalists to become California's first official poet laureate.

By July, Gov. Gray Davis will nominate either Diane di Prima, Francisco Alaron or Quincy Troupe for confirmation by the state Senate.

"It is a great honor to be considered," Di Prima said. "California is my country, in a way. How we see the world is unique."

A committee selected the three finalists this week from among more than 50 applicants.

The applicants included the 11-member writing staff for the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace."

"We are the poets of the Southern California landscape," said Jeff Greenstein, one of the show's executive producers.

However, their entry didn't survive the first judging round.

Di Prima, 67, was born in New York but is a longtime San Francisco resident whose poems and other writings helped capture the Beat Generation. She co-founded "The Floating Bear," which featured works by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.

--From wire reports

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