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U2 Beats Copyright Suit Over Decades-Old Song

Law360, New York (January 30, 2018, 5:21 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a copyright lawsuit filed against U2 that claimed the band's 1991 hit "The Fly" borrowed heavily from a little-known 1989 song.

At the center of the lawsuit was an accusation that a guitar line in a 13-second fragment of British guitarist Paul Rose's track was copied "virtually note-for-note" in U2's song, but the judge said she simply couldn't hear it. Above, the band in 2011. (AP) Dismissing a lawsuit filed last year by British guitarist Paul Rose,...
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Case Information

Case Title

Rose v. Hewson et al

Case Number



New York Southern

Nature of Suit



Denise L. Cote

Date Filed

February 27, 2017

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