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Introduction

A New York federal judge has ruled that U2 did not copy any part of English songwriter and performer Paul Rose's track Nae Slappin for the creation of the band's hit song The Fly.

Highlights

  • Rose had claimed that U2 had infringed his copyright by willfully copying fragments from his track to create a guitar solo for The Fly. However, the judge found that Rose did not plead a plausible claim of infringement and that his claims were too vague.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the copyright infringement case brought by a little-known English songwriter against U2.
  • Explains the requirements for a successful claim and grounds for dismissal.

Key questions answered

  • Why did English songwriter Paul Rose make a copyright infringement claim against U2?
  • On what grounds was the case dismissed?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • U2 joins the ranks of the famously accused plagiarists
  • Rose claims against The Fly
  • U2 motion to dismiss granted

Appendix

  • Author

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