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U2 Accused of Stealing Song From British Songwriter

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Musician Bono from U2 speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 17, 2017. (Michael Dalder/Reuters)

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 12:18 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Rock band U2 has been accused of stealing a song from a British songwriter and guitarist for their 1991 album "Achtung Baby."

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, Paul Rose says U2 lifted elements of his song "Nae Slappin" for their song "The Fly" while they were looking for new inspiration.

The lawsuit says U2 heard his song after signing on with Island Records in 1989, the same year Rose provided a demo tape to recording studio executives.

Rose is seeking songwriting credit for "The Fly" and $5 million in damages and lawyer's fees.

The New York Post reports representatives for U2 and Island Records did not immediately return requests for comment.

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