Universal Music has just been handed an epic smackdown by the California judge presiding over a battle with producers of many hit Eminem recordings. In a decision that is sure to have tongues wagging throughout the music industry, the judge suggests that Universal has been “bamboozling” and attempting to “dupe” him into overlooking an issue that could mean substantial money for the plaintiffs in the case and perhaps musicians throughout the country. Many observers have been closely watching this lawsuit brought by FBT Productions against Universal Music for many years. The case involves whether record labels must account for digital music downloads as “licenses” instead of “sales” – a significant difference when it comes to sharing revenue with song artists. This is the case cited byother musicians bringing similar claims.