In a lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court Harlene Stein says “Guilty Conscience” features snippets from a 24-second piece called “Pigs Go Home” that her husband Ronald wrote for the score of the 1970 film “Getting Straight,” which starred Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen. The sections Eminem and Dre used compose the background instrumental for the rap song.
Stein’s complaint also names Eminem’s music publishing companies, Eight Mile Style Music, Ain’t Nuthin’ Goin’ on But F—in’, Ensign Music Corporation, WB Music Corporation, Famous Music Corporation, Colgems-EMI Music Publishing Inc., 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 for use of the song. Stein died in 1988 and his wife inherited his estate.
The suit does not specify damages, which Stein’s attorneys are calculating, but they could amount to well over $3 million.
Finally, Stein asks that Interscope not distribute records with the sample of “Pigs Go Home” and that all existing copies be pulled from shelves.