Close

Follow Lovin IE

U2's Secret And Dark Court Case That You May Not Have Heard About

By Darragh Berry

January 31, 2018 at 7:09pm

Share:

A judge in America has dismissed a lawsuit which accused U2 of lifting part of a British songwriter's work for a song on their 1991 album 'Achtung Baby'.

According to Reuters, Paul Rose claimed that U2 willfully copied from a 13-second guitar riff near the start of his 1989 instrumental 'Nae Slappin' and used it for a 12-second segment featuring a guitar solo for its song 'The Fly'.

Rose stated that the song had been copied  “virtually note-for-note,” using the same style tambourine and the same drum, percussion and bass line without permission.

The judge, however, refused the claim and said that even if the riff was protected, a jury wouldn't have enough proof to suggest that U2 copied it.  

Rose had been seeking at least $5 million in damages from U2 lead singer Bono; bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., and UMG Recordings Inc.

Have a listen for yourself and make up your own mind. 


There's a similar sound there alright.

READ NEXT: PICS: "Major" Drug Seizure In West Dublin As Part Of Serious Operation

Share:

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get the best of your city straight to your inbox.

I'd like to receive news and exclusive offers from Lovin IE including competitions, products, commercial partners and activities. By submitting this form you agree to our T&Cs and our privacy policy