View Full Version : Metallica Sue Canadian Band over E, F Chords

Jul 18th, 2003, 03:47 PM
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 http://edition.cnn.com/2003/LAW/07/17/ctv.metallica/index.html

Jul 18th, 2003, 04:23 PM
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! :mad: :mad: :mad: :fiery:


Jul 18th, 2003, 04:28 PM
This is the most ridiculous thing i've heard all day! Who do they think they are? :rolleyes:
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!

Jul 18th, 2003, 04:32 PM
Hint: Read that follow up story too :angel:

Martian Willow
Jul 18th, 2003, 04:37 PM
I knew it must be a joke, I was thinking even Metallica can't be that dumb...but I wasn't sure...

Jul 18th, 2003, 04:40 PM
:worship: @ ashley

Jul 18th, 2003, 07:16 PM
very funny :D

Jul 18th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Metallica f*****g rocks. They could sue the Easter Bunny and I wouldn't care.

(Great prank BTW).