Metallica Sue Canadian Band over E, F Chords -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
korben's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Here
Posts: 7,310
Metallica Sue Canadian Band over E, F Chords

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

Follow up story at

Last edited by korben; Jul 18th, 2003 at 04:10 PM.
korben is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 04:23 PM
Senior Member
Bacardi's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Raccoon City's Hive
Posts: 14,737
What a JOKE Metallica is!
Get off the stage you old fucking pieces of shit.... Nobody but trailor trash likes your music anyway. And guess what, since you fought to get Napster taken away, even they can't afford to get your new CD's.

I swear, before I burned my Metallica CD's, now I sure as hell will never buy another one! This is abusrd. They do not own cords E and F. Furthermore I hope someone goes back to digging for pre-Metallica use of those cords and sues them for using it!


I'm BACK & SINGLE. So lock up all the hotties!
Bacardi is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 04:28 PM
Senior Member
Experimentee's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Australia
Posts: 13,064
This is the most ridiculous thing i've heard all day! Who do they think they are?
They are really starting to piss me off. Maybe they are getting cranky bc they are making such shit music now, compared to what they used to do.
50% of all revenue? Off some unknown Canadian band? First the whole Napster business and now this. They have to be the greediest people in the whole industry!
Experimentee is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
korben's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Here
Posts: 7,310
Hint: Read that follow up story too
korben is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 04:37 PM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
Martian Willow's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Below the stars.
Posts: 6,695
I knew it must be a joke, I was thinking even Metallica can't be that dumb...but I wasn't sure...
Martian Willow is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 04:40 PM
Senior Member
alexusjonesfan's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: inside
Posts: 7,837
@ ashley
alexusjonesfan is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 07:16 PM
Tart with a Heart
JonBcn's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 15,746
very funny

~ gonna teach you tricks that'll blow your mongrel mind ~
JonBcn is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: You bet!
Posts: 1,992
Metallica f*****g rocks. They could sue the Easter Bunny and I wouldn't care.

(Great prank BTW).
Iconoclast is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome