EXCLUSIVE: U2 – Bono And Band Members Slapped with $5 Million Lawsuit by Musician, Accuses Them of Ripping Off His Work without Paying Him a Dime
The Dirty can exclusively reveal Bono and his fellow U2 band mates have been slapped with a federal lawsuit … with a musician accusing them of stealing his work and passing it off as their own and now he is demanding $5 million+ in damages.
A self-described “internationally renowned writer, composer and guitarist” named Paul Rose sued Bono aka Paul Hewson, The Edge aka David Evans, Adam Clayton and Laurence Mullen Jr. along with Universal Music Group.
Around 1989, he wrote and composed a song entitled “Nae Slappin” and it was released the following year. He obtained a copyright for his work in 1991. He claims to have sent a demo tape with his work to Island Records in 1989 … which he believes was circulated to numerous senior executives … and confirmed that the label received the demo.
U2 was signed by Island Records around the same time and he believes his music was handed off to Bono and his band. He points out at the time the band was in need of re-invigoration and went into the studio to change up their sound for their 7th studio album “Achtung Baby”.
On the album was a song “The Fly” which Rose claims rips off his track claiming U2’s song has obvious similarities including an elaborate and distinctive guitar solo, same guitar hook in the songs and a similar percussion. Rose is demanding an injunction prohibiting U2 from continuing to illegally profit off his work plus $5 million in damages for the copyright infringement.