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U2’s being sued for stealing parts of Achtung Baby’s “The Fly”

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A British songwriter is accusing U2 of ripping off one of his songs for a single off 1991’s Achtung Baby. Per Billboard, songwriter Paul Rose lodged a complaint against the band on Monday, seeking a songwriting credit and $5 million in damages over allegations that “The Fly” copies elements of his song “Nae Slappin.”

Rose said he sent a copy of his song to executives at Island Records in 1989, the same year the Bono-led band signed with the label. Listening to the two songs together, there are definite similarities between the guitar solos and percussion on “The Fly” and the one on Rose’s song, but he’ll still have to prove that U2 actually heard and copied the song during the period when it was researching and developing the ’90s reinvention Achtung Baby represented. Rose said he waited 26 years to bring the case to court because he was worried about ruining his career by accusing one of the world’s most popular bands of ripping him off.


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