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Don Henley opens up about Frank Ocean feud

Don Henley opens up about Frank Ocean feud © AP / Don Henley Don Henley opens up about Frank Ocean feud


Don Henley has branded Frank Ocean "arrogant" and "huffy" following a feud over his sampling of The Eagles' classic hit "Hotel California." Two years ago, Henley threatened to sue Ocean for recording his own lyrics over the iconic track and re-titling it "American Wedding."

The Eagles star has now opened up about the bitter feud, explaining he is still angry over the way the Odd Future rapper allegedly behaved when confronted over the sample. Henley tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "He needs to come up with his own ideas and stop stealing stuff from already established works ... Mr. Ocean doesn't seem to understand U.S. 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.

Henley added, "[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 ... It wasn't an improvement. We were not impressed. So we simply had our legal team tell them to take it down and they got all huffy about it..."

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