The law suit claimed that U2’s guitar solo on their single ‘The Fly, from the immensely popular 1991 album Achtung Baby, was a rip off of a 12-second segment of Rose’s 1989 experimental song ‘Nae Slappin’. Rose claims the similarities include the guitar line, tambourine, drum, percussion, bass lines, and a later chord change from E7 to A7.
Each alleged similarity was broken down one-by-one by the US District Court, who ruled this was not a case of infringement, specifically the guitar line. The dismissal said that the 12-second segment of ‘Nae Slappin’ is not quantitatively significant to the song; it’s only 6% of the track. Moreover, the significance of the segment was not proven effectively: “The fragment appears only once near the beginning of the recording; it is not repeated. It is one of multiple — at times seemingly random — guitar lines and styles strung together over the course of the composition.”, the court stated.
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