Don Henley Continues To Say Frank Ocean Ripped Off The Eagles' "Hotel California"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.04.2014
He's still upset over it...
In an interview with The Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Eagles' Don Henley continued to give his thoughts on Frank Ocean's "American Wedding", which he claims ripped off his band's song "Hotel California". The song samples the 1977 track with Ocean providing new lyrics over the instrumentals. Henley has refused to let him release it.
On if he heard the song: "I heard it. I was not impressed. He needs to come up with his own ideas and stop stealing stuff from already established works."
On the legal battle: "Mr Ocean doesn't seem to understand US copyright law. Anyone who knows anything should know you cannot take a master track of a recording and write another song over the top of it. You just can't do that. You can call it a tribute or whatever you want to call it, but it's against the law. That's a problem with some of the younger generation, they don't understand the concept of intellectual property and copyright. (Mr Ocean) was quite arrogant about it. We tried to approach him calmly to talk reason to him via his managers and his attorneys and he wouldn't listen. So finally we threatened to bring legal action against him. He was clearly in the wrong. I wouldn't dream of doing something like that. What kind of ego is that? I don't understand it."
On not caring that Michael Buble covered "Heartache Tonight": "You can record anyone's song you like. It's called a compulsory license. That's not what Mr Ocean nor Okkervil River did. They took the song and they changed it. they put their own stuff on it. Michael Buble did a totally legal cover, that's standard procedure."