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Metallica sues over use of chords E & F (losing their mi  Reply with quote  

maybe the crappy name of their new album 'St. Anger' is scaring off sales...

http://www1.scoopthis.com/411/met_uf/stc_met_uf_mtv.htm


"It's just a matter of a band having the right to protect the chords it uses. I couldn't start up my own soft drink company using the exact same formula as Coca-Cola." — Jill Pietrini, Metallica's lawyer

MONTREAL — Metallica are taking legal action against independant Canadian rock band Unfaith over what they feel is unsanctioned usage of two chords the band has been using since 1982 : E and F.

"People are going to get on our case again for this, but try to see it from our point of view just once," stated Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "We're not saying we own those two chords, individually - that would be ridiculous. We're just saying that in that specific order, people have grown to associate E, F with our music."

Metallica filed a trademark infringement suit against the indie group at the US district court for central California on Monday. According to the drummer, the continued use of the two chords causes "confusion, deception and mistake in the minds of the public".

Metallica's lawyer, Jill Pietrini, told us that the band decided to take legal action only after first sending a letter of complaint to the Canadian band's singer/songwriter, Erik Ashley.

"We sent a demand letter and haven't reached a resolution, so we had to sue," she said. "They continue to shamelessly feature the two chords on their website song samples and we just can't have that."

Ashley, in the meantime, is still shocked by the entire story, and hasn't yet decided how the band will respond.

"I thought it was a prank at first," he told us. "Now I'm not sure what to think."

Ulrich states that he's not trying to prevent Unfaith from using the two chords, only that he feels Metallica should be credited for them whenever used, and is calling for 50% of all revenue generated from any song using them.

"It's nothing personal against them," he added. "We intend to enforce our rights with any band intending to use Metallica-branded chords in the future."

This marks the first time anything of this kind has ever been tried in court, and it will be interesting to see how things develop.

Metallica's website has issued an official statement on the suit here.

Unfaith's official website hasn't officially responded at print time.

—Joe D'Angelo
Post Wed Jul 16, 2003 3:44 pm
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wow

lars and his buddies have ascended to an echelon of idiocy i never knew existed

wow
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I.. wha.. hah...

no. no no no.
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From Scoopthis.com's main page:

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We was had.
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got me.

i still think lars is an idiot though.
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damn, got me

yeah, i fuckin hate lars

fuckin hate the bastard

king of dipshits
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Hah, hook line and sinker. I was a bit slow on that one.

But after his Napster sueing fit where he had the 1000's of pages of people affected by Napster wheeled into court by himself and friends (if memory serves) he is evidently capable of a lot of very odd actions.

I wouldn't put sueing over chord usage past him though...
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