Don Henley Fires Back at Frank Ocean Over ‘Hotel California’ Sample

Don Henley and Frank Ocean

After Frank Ocean’s claim that Don Henley was “intimated” by his cover of “Hotel California,” the Eagles founder has issued a stern response, calling out the Odd Future singer for his unauthorized use of the song.

“Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of ‘Hotel California,’” wrote Ocean, who sampled the 1977 classic on “American Wedding” off his debut Nostalgia, Ultra. “He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s fuckin awesome.”

Henley, who has yet to pursue legal action, responded to Ocean’s claims in a statement.

“Frank Ocean did not merely ‘sample’ a portion of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’; he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own,” said Henley via his spokesperson, Larry Solters.

“This is not creative, let alone ‘intimidating.’ It’s illegal. For the record, Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should. Any further questions regarding this matter should be directed to Warner Music Group as it is the entity that currently owns the master recording and made the contact with Frank Ocean’s representatives concerning his infringement of the master recording.”

If he performs the song, it will reportedly cost him a pretty penny. “I guess if I play it at coachella it’ll cost me a couple hundred racks,” said the “Novacane” singer. “If I don’t show up to court, it’ll be a judgement against me & will probably show up on my credit report. Oh well. I try to buy my shit cash anyway.”

Ocean maintains that he was just paying homage and didn’t profit off the song’s release. “They also asked that I release a statement expressing my admiration for Mr. Henley, along with my assistance pulling it off the web as much as possible,” he wrote. “Shit’s weird. Ain’t this guy rich as fuck? Why sue the new guy? I didn’t make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything I’m paying homage.”

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102 Comments

  1. _iamjones

    smh damn shame

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    Rap-Upper Reply:

    @_iamjones, Frank is wrong in this situation…

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    Boy Wonder Reply:

    @Rap-Upper, He didnt make a dime off the song! Why should he remove it?! He a talented songwriter/singer & that’s what he did. Write lyrics & sing them! He didn’t use 1 lyric from the original song. This is stupid and a waste of time & energy. If this is the case you should sue every R&B singer who makes a mixtape using other peoples music. Why stop with singers? Get those rappers too! What a freaking waste of time.

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    M. Reply:

    @Boy Wonder, You clowns think just because he didnt make any money off the song what he did is ok? GTFOH! How easy would have been to get clearance before the release? Plus the man never said anything about suing him its the record company.
    Maybe if yall took time off from d*ck riding and read sme music laws you would understand a little more about the industry

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    DRB Reply:

    @M., Ding ding ding.

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    Iceman Reply:

    @M., Spoken like a true Republican…

    Why is there no “Occupy The Music Industry” movement?

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    Boy Wonder Reply:

    @M., But in all that you didn’t deny that most artists use other artists backing track and get no clearance or release for it. Shanell covering Grove Theory’s “Tell Me” or Eddie Murphy’s “Party All The Time” or Dondria’s entire “Duets” mixtape series?? Or Teairra Mari covering Janet Jackson’s “Come Back To Me”? I could go on for days because just like Frank Ocean’s “American Wedding” they were all released for free for promotional use & none of those labels or ARTISTS made a PEEP. Maybe if YOU educated yourself on industry practices along with industry laws you’d be able to make a factual statement.

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    Joe Reply:

    @Boy Wonder, Basically all you’re saying is since one person does it its ok for everyone to do it? So Dumb.
    All of the people you named lack creativity and originality but want to call themselves “Artist”

  2. Lauryn

    Frank, Please Don’t Do A YMCMB & Try Pull A I’m The Sh-t At What I Do Stunt. Those Comments Were Extremely Cocky & Disrespectful. I Thought Better Of You, But Hey Your OF So I’m Sure A Clown Too…
    You May Have Fans, But That Don’t Mean You Have Their Respect.
    Plus Da-n Your Creativity Level Is About To Get Questioned, Because All You Did Was Change The Lyrics. Hmmmmmmmm!!!

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    CarlosBonegro Reply:

    @Lauryn, blatent twat^^

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    Alfred Haynes Reply:

    @CarlosBonegro, Lauryn, is right. All he did was change the lyrics. Franks stole Don’s song and I hope Warner Brothers sues the hell out of his talentless ass.

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    Semi Reply:

    @Alfred Haynes, Talentless how??? He’s a good singer, rapper, & the songs he writes are fantastic. If you’re gonna get mad at him for using the same beat why not sue Kalenna, Shanell, or a whole lot of other RnB singers who’ve used other peoples beats. He was disrespectful for what he said but he didn’t make a dime from the song. Let the young kid eat. That song “Hotel California” has run its course in the mainstream. If anything Frank revived interest in the song.

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    yun9reezy Reply:

    @Lauryn, I thought what he said was true. he didn’t make any money of that song and he sure as hell was not disrespectful or cocky in any way. stop being a negative nancy.. you too Alfred Haynes…

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  3. T

    Don needs to chill out a bit. Artists do this ALL THE TIME but only for mix tapes or music where they will be making no profit. If Frank was making money off the song then I would understand but since he isn’t; this shouldn’t be a big deal.

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    Alfred Haynes Reply:

    @T, the only people who don’t have a problem with what Frank did, are thieves, themselves.

    The laws are clear. If you are going to record or perform another artist’s material – YOU NEED THEIR PERMISSION.

    If Frank had real talent, he could create his own music instead of stealing someone else’s.

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    yun9reezy Reply:

    @Alfred Haynes, He didn’t make profit of the song and the album is a mixtape. how is that stealing if he didn’t make any money of it.

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    maximus Reply:

    @yun9reezy, you’re not allowed to perform another artist’s song/melody as well without permission…lets say he gets paid for performing at events, by performing songs he doesn’t have clearance for, he’s therefore breaching copyrights because he’s (technically) making money off of it…it happens all the time, but it goes unnoticed…whoever owns the copyrights has not just copying rights but also performing rights, ASCAP helps in achieving those rights…

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    jj Reply:

    @Alfred Haynes, frank has plenty of beats made on his own he obviously did a cover and went into it thinking he was paying homage not stealing. you can look at a hundred of youtube videos of people doing the same thing, he doesn’t make a profit of it so for him to get sued is ridiculous if i go and record a video of myself singing the song it would be ok to sue me too??

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    Honey bee Reply:

    @jj, You dumbass!! If an artist performs or records someone else’s song without their permission you get sued for it !! Omfg how dumb can you get -___- fuckin dumbass black people these days #smfh

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  4. TRP

    That’s why most people don’t use white people’s music for mixtapes. LOL. I mean let’s be honest, Frank dared to be different and look whats going on.

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    Alfred Haynes Reply:

    @TRP, Frank didn’t dare to be different… he stole someone else’s material. He doesn’t deserve a pat on the back for being a thief.

    There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things… but I guess this sort of guttural behavior should be expected of a “singing” street thug.

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    g Reply:

    @Alfred Haynes, shut the hell up

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    jj Reply:

    @Alfred Haynes, exactly how is he a street thug?? your clearly a fcking racist yourself..oh lemme guess dude is black and sings soulful R&b so he has to be a thug
    but i guess that’s what i should expect from a “redneck hick” huh

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    Cut that Shhty out Reply:

    @Alfred Haynes, shut your white cunt crack azz up u dumb azz

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    poop Reply:

    @TRP, white people’s music? what does race have to do with this?

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    TRP Reply:

    @poop, If you think about a mixtape, it’s either original music or records over urban (black) popular records. That’s just what we’ve come to know as a mixtape today, the most popular Hip-Hop/R&B Records with another artist singing over the beat/production. Frank did something completely different, with taking old rock/indie recordings instead of the norm “mixtape”. The race thing is a fact. Have you heard of any of the URBAN artist that people usually do on a normal mixtape sueing the person? NO. If a white artist did a song over Hotel California, would he probably be suing…probably not.

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    jasoldier Reply:

    @TRP, ERM BUT EM DOES URBAN MUSIC AND ERM AM SURE HES WHITE ….. MUSIC ISINT DEFINED TO CERTAIN RACES

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  5. Arthur

    I youtubed “hotel california cover” on youtube and got hundreds of hits. why is the is with frank ocean exclusively?

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    Arthur Reply:

    @Arthur, *issue

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  6. Triniti

    I believe it! Never been impressed with Frank Ocean…don’t get the hype.

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    CarlosBonegro Reply:

    @Triniti, you jeremiah fan

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  7. Levi

    Rappers like Frank Ocean are incapable of creating songs, which is why they resort to sampling in the first place.

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    CarlosBonegro Reply:

    @Levi, you just called frank ocean a rapper stfu and dont go on your computer for a month you stupid ass

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    Levi Reply:

    @CarlosBonegro,

    You and Frank can hold my nuts.

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    yun9reezy Reply:

    @Levi, Levi go play in traffic

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  8. Croca Crola

    Free mixtapes generate revenue. They are a marketing tool. People pay to go see these songs performed live. As well they increase the exposure of the artist which leads to many money making ventures like song writing for others or endorsement deals.

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  9. Rap*

    They are fighting over a song which talks about a hotel in calif where anton levay started the church of s a t a n.

    frank leave that ish alone.

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    Skateboard P Reply:

    @Rap*, hotel california is a classic. don’t bring that “satan” garbage in here. have some respect.

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  10. Audrey Hepburn

    The bottom line is, you cannot sample, borrow, or record anyone else’s music or material without their consent. It just shows how limited and unexperienced Frank Ocean is about music.

    Why the hell would he sample “Hotel California” in the first place? I swear some of these rappers and R&B singers think it will make them “cool” to reach beyond their genre when sampling – but it certainly doesn’t. :(

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    Arthur Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, this is easily the dumbest comment ive read so far.

    it was NON-PROFIT. there was no legal obligation…. its like karaoke. if there is no monetary profit being made then there are no legal ramifications. this is in no way different from singers making cover songs on youtube or performing other peoples song as homage at their concerts. this is not limited to any genre. frank ocean isnt even a rapper its only an issue because frank ocean got recognition for it. if you go to youtube youll find hundreds and thousands of cover songs. its not illegal to sing another person’s song strictly for pleasure.

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Arthur, Dumb? Sounds more like you and your ridiculous attempt to reply to MY comment.

    Since you are so passionate about the issue, maybe you and Frank Ocean can split the fine he’s bound to receive from Warner Music Group.

    In addition, you are a simple idiot to think that this is non profit, when clearly he’s getting PAYED GIGS to sing this song, among others. People on Youtube don’t sample songs, release them in a mixtape, and anticipate performing them at venues and national music festivals such as Coachella (their covers start and end on Youtube).

    Listen boy,

    stay off of the computer because clearly it is smarter than you. :)

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    yun9reezy Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, So what you’re saying is people only go to Frank Ocean concerts just to listen to the Eagles sample song… That’s sounds ridiculous don’t you think. He’s being payed to sing multiple songs including his more famous songs. If I was at a Frank Ocean concert, I could care less if he sing the “American Wedding” song. He gave us his album for free. and we didn’t expect for Frank Ocean to be so popular so fast so maybe pump your brakes and look at both sides of the story instead of being a one-sided ignorant individual.

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @yun9reezy,

    Q: Did my comment above say anything about people going to Frank Ocean’s shows to hear Eagles’ songs?

    I’ll Wait…

    A: NO, you stupid person! LOL And obviously you are illiterate because I clearly stated “…this song, AMONG OTHERS” – meaning other songs will be performed in addition to the one in question. Make sure you learn to read before you start unleashing that hot breath of yours, boy.

    :)

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    justsayin Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, what a fckin idiot other artist get on stage and sing others music ALL THE TIME when MJ died every time you turned around artist were singing his songs at THEIR concerts they were getting payed for.do you honestly think MJ’s estate sued every person that did this even though it was money going into their pocket??
    no.
    stealing music is making money off a sample you did not create and never giving recognition to the artist all frank did was a damn cover..he has a bunch of songs and beats he created and those are the ones he gets payed for and THOSE are the ones people go to his concert to hear
    you act like he gets on stage and sings that song the entire time

    Miles Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, Ppl don’t go to Frank Ocean concerts just to hear him sing American Wedding. The majority of the songs on his mixtapes were his own original material. and he has written for Beyonce,Justin Bieber Brandy and is was a ghost writter for years. He wrote over Hotel California souly to pay Homage to the Eagles, not to steal their material as his own. On that same mixtape he also sang over a ColdPlay track and a MGMT track. but ColdPlay and MGMT both praised him for his version of their songs. Coldplay even wanted to work him. These guys are the only ones b*****ing about it

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Miles, I have heard “Nostalgia, Ultra,” and I am well aware of Frank Ocean and his writing credits. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being inspired by someone else or paying homage to an artist’s material; however, you should always check with the original artist to be on the safe side. Every artist is different. Some artists are very protective of their work, regardless of what it may be sampled for. Of course Frank Ocean had no ill-intentions when sampling the song, but he should have reached out to them and explained the situation. Even though this is the age of ‘mixtapes’ and ‘ song covers,’ older artists and bands may not understand and agree with these concepts. I believe the best way to eliminate such confusion and remain an authentic artist, is to make your OWN material! :)

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    justsayin Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, an he can venture into any genre he wants dumbass..who are you to put a limit on what music a artist decides to do??

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @justsayin, So I see I’ve managed to make you upset, dear. Well too damn bad! LOL

    … and I’m Ms. Hepburn and I can put a limit on whatever I choose to. You should know a lot about limits: Your limited vocabulary, limited income, limited social skills. Am I leaving anything out dear?

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    Kriss KRo Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn has clearly has no real argument. artists perform other artists songs on stage on the time. freestyles over other artists beats on stage. people on youtube make renditions of other artists songs to promote themselves all the time. Just look at that girl Karmin…… she performs other artists songs at concerts on youtube all the time. and like someone above me said frank sampled multiple artists on his mixtape and no one else complained.

    henley clearly have an exclusive and specific problem with frank ocean. there is nothing wrong with paying homage. sometimes its best to bow out gracefully when you have been out-argued instead of letting your foolish pride get the best of you. Every artist does this on a regular basis. you have no objective nor legal argument against frank ocean. otherwise youre inciminating every single artist that pays tribute and does cover songs at concerts and on mixtapes.

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Kriss KRo,

    1) Re-read the article.
    2) Now, re-read your response.

    The two don’t add up, dear. This has nothing to do with what Ms. Hepburn thinks. If The Eagles and Warner Music Group have already acknowledged the issue as copyright infringement and are considering legal action, please explain what the hell you are talking about.

    On second thought, don’t explain. I’m not in the mood for any additional incompetence. :)

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  11. Darnelll

    Utilizing another person’s track and meoldy without permission is illegal and dude has the right to be compensated by Frank Ocean’s camp if he so chooses to pursue it. Frank Ocean’s camp knows this. I mean, say and do whatever makes you happy, but don’t be too surpised if the decisions you make cause your bank account and assests to be seized as a penalty. It just is what it is.

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  12. JAYE

    i hope he performs it live, a cappella.

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  13. Jayla

    I like Frank Ocean, but he is a little to cocky for a guy who has yet to even drop an official album…. Like why would Don Henley be intimidated by Frank Ocean? lmao really?

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @Jayla, exactly my thoughts. Don Henley probably looks at today’s artists and then looks back at his accomplishments with a smile of satisfaction on his face.

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    Wesley Gibson Reply:

    @Jayla, If he wasnt intimaidated WHY would he sic his label on him &comeback with some bullshit statement..? I originally (&so did Frank if u check his secondary statement)thought this was all on the record company, but he has full knowledge &obviously has a grudge against the young turk when a;;s said &done.. the guys an asshole

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  14. truebozz

    What Frank did was wrong, no matter what. So what if he sampled a white musician? Kanye has done it, and he’s worked with white musicians.. He always gives credit where its due, and Ye samples a lot.. so, Frank should learn from him. Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean its there for the taking.

    If I walked into your house and took your stuff, it should be fine right since it’s a free country? No, it’s called respect for another persons art, life, and dignity.

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    Yeah Reply:

    @truebozz, ‘”what he did was wrong” you idiot smh

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  15. Alfonso

    Don Henley & his crew are HAS BEENS, sit the f-u-c-k back dwn ur not relevnt nomore.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @Alfonso, Frank won’t be relevant for long either, honey.

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    DRB Reply:

    @Alfonso, Dumb. At some point, everyone is a hasbeen. You’re lucky if you have legend or icon attached to it.

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @Alfonso, you’re talking about The Eagles, here. Hotel California, to this day is a classic. It’s a song that both youngsters and seniors know and like. Whether it’s your cup of tea, I don’t care, but to say that they’re has-beens simply because at some point in life you’re gonna grow old is just a basic state of mind.

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  16. Miles

    This is clearly a race thing. Artist trying to reach fame use older songs all the time so they can get recognized. And He was clearly paying homage. Its a mixtape, no one gets permission for mixtapes because usually your not famous enough to have connections like that. shit I produce myself and I do it. Anyway anybody who follows music should know that artist do this all the time, not to steal music, but to get attention. and No one ever gets sued, in fact most the time the original artist usually congragulate him. Frank Ocean is just one of the few artist to step outside of the box and Use a Rock Instrumental

    @Alfred, U clearly have no life

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    Harvey Reply:

    @Miles, the guy used his song without permission. get outta here with that race BS!

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    Miles Reply:

    @Harvey, Permission or not it doesn’t mater if u not profoting. So basically your saying that if your a kid on youtube and you cover a TLC instrumental TLC can sue all the people who did this because They didn’t get permission to use their instrumental even though they are not famous and have no connections. Its a way that starving artist get noticed.
    How about u get outta here u dumb Fuck :-). I love u :-)

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    Miles Reply:

    @Harvey,who the f*** sues a new artist for using a old instrumental. New artist do this all the time and dnt get any kind of pay for it. and don’t get permission because they have no connections to the industry. only An A Hole actually sues artist for this. most the time the old artist give words of advise to the newer artist after the did this. He clearly wasn’t doing this in attention for stealing the original songs. he gives them full credit for the song and was clearly doing it to pay homage just like evry artist

    How about u get the f*** outta hear u dumb f*** :-). I Love U :-) <3

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    jj Reply:

    @Miles, exactly i guess these people hunt down folks singing their songs on youtube and sue them too.

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  17. Yeah

    he’s not profiting off of it so what the f*ck is the big deal, this don guy needs to chill the f*ck out

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    Christopher Reply:

    @Yeah, This don guy? You sound so ignorant. Expand your musical horizons. The Eagles are legendary.

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  18. Miles

    Ppl don’t go to Frank Ocean concerts just to hear him sing American Wedding. The majority of the songs on his mixtapes were his own original material. and he has written for Beyonce,Justin Bieber Brandy and is was a ghost writter for years. He wrote over Hotel California souly to pay Homage to the Eagles, not to steal their material as his own. On that same mixtape he also sang over a ColdPlay track and a MGMT track. but ColdPlay and MGMT both praised him for his version of their songs. Coldplay even wanted to work him. These guys are the only ones b*****ing about it

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  19. NOChildNotToday

    Fuck Don Headey and the Buzzards. Franks version is better than the original. Period….

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  20. uh....hold up lil boo

    IDK why it is being made out that Frank Ocean is calling the song his….everyone knows the mixtape was samples & interpretations.

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  21. jj

    what a fckin snob..your suing someone for paying homage and not making a damn dime off of it.
    Im sure if and when people do this with Stevie wonder he would be happy that the younger generation still embraces his music
    leave it up to these stuck up creeps to go after a indie artist for merely singing their song.
    what frank did was a cover and a homage not stealing
    stealing would be to act like he made that song and make millions of dollars off of work he did not do so explain to me what case do they have against him if he didn’t do shit but sing a song they made? something you can do in karaoke??
    guess their shit is to good to come out the mouth of some black singer

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    Firebird Reply:

    @jj, Well, there is some truth to that — If I hated the Rolling Stones and all they stand for and felt that I never wish to hear the band nor any member sing one of my songs, as a cover or homage or whichever, and Mick suddenly said he wanted to cut one of my covers on his next album, I certainly have the right to say “NO” first.

    If someone publishes my song as theirs, and further, alters ALL the lyrics, again, I have first dibs to say whether I like it or wish it to continue, regardless of money issues or claiming homage.

    What’s the test for “homage”? Was there a driving issue to paying the “homage” — such as a tragedy, a national protest, someone in the Eagles die, Henley became president, what? Did Ocean just allude to the song by publicly proclaiming a tribute to the Eagles, or using a small sample of their music, or even just a line or reference. Well, yes, there was one title reference AND the WHOLE BODY of music. So just to claim it an homage doesn’t make it permissible to do, no matter how much he may love listening to Eagle songs. Can I make a album of my favourite cover songs and give them away, never to make a dime and perform them freely on the street corner as long as I don’t take tips. As long as they are never played/performed publicly in a venue which makes money, sure. If Ocean wants to sing to Hotel California for 6 houseguests at home, more power to him. But not on stage or youtube without compensation and permission. He makes his living as an artist, he has a responsibility to honour the rights of other artists.

    Sometimes people do things out of the the goodness of their hearts. Typically, those “things” are obvious and overlooked. Churches perform recognizable songs without paying royalties though they accept large donations. Some things are overlooked for good reason.

    Apparently this wasn’t seen as a hat tip as much as it was seen as riding the coattails of a classic song. Looks like he’s out of luck.

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  22. Kriss KRo

    alot of artists create mixtapes and passion projects specifically in lieu of this bs. clearing shit and going through industry politics and bullshit like this. the reason they do it is because they are able to exercise artistic freedom of expression without profit and accusations of exploitation…. the same way aspiring artists make music in their home studios with no artistic limits. the only reason he has a problem with frank ocean is because he became popular and people want to hear him perform the song now. if he didnt blow up henley would not give a shit… just like he doesnt giver a shit about the thousands of other people who have covered the very same song and posted it up on youtube. this is very petty.

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  23. RealIssh

    We can all realize that he’s intimidated . I would be also if my song sounded like heaven when Frank used it & he played Guitar Hero to my “shyt” . Be scared white man , it’s only right .
    As far as the legalization – A non profit track shouldn’t be getting sued . You’re trying to take money away from a song that didn’t make money BECAUSE it’s free ? Grow up .

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @RealIssh, why do you have to emphasize that Don Henley is white? Hotel California is a classic. A masterpiece. That is to be respected. Frank’s response showed no class and respect whatsoever. He could’ve easily try to come to an agreement with The Eagles on which all parties agree. The way that he went about it was extremely arrogant and distasteful.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Mentamir, I’m not emphasizing – that’s just how u see it . Problem ? & both were distasteful in my opinion . But don’t try do downgrade Frank when you’re thee one that’s intimidated . If that guy couldn’t see the homage , he’s pathetic .

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @RealIssh, that’s not how I see it. That’s what you did, and I quote: ‘Be scared, white man.’ The Eagles are a legendary and acknowledged band. Why would Don be even slightly intimidated? That doesn’t make sense at all. We all understand that Frank was paying homage, but that doesn’t make it okay for him to just do it. And for Frank to put words in Don’s mouth, saying that he’s intimidated by him, in stead of just apologizing and letting the situation be, was extremely disrespectful. Frank is just wrong in this situation. Point, blank, period.

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  24. Logic

    1ST off: it doesnt matter if Frank was paying homage or not if they dont want him to perform their instrumental or melody he should not. It is their creative genius that inspire his song and they have that right. Frank is a great artist but Im sure those guys are not intimidated by someone who merely remixed their song from years ago…that makes no sense …FYI it has nothing to do with race but more to do with money..They but plenty of money in production and promotion that he bypassed while using their material unwarranted

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @Logic, I completely agree with you.

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    Firebird Reply:

    @Logic, Agreed. It’s two-fold. One, you the artist is bypassing my production and promotional expenses to make my song popular. Two, my performance and those I give permission to perform, are part of the marketing and general persona and reputation of the song. If that has no meaning, then you’re not a songwriter to understand what I mean. We take it personally. I may not permit Frisky’s to use my song on their adverts as I’d never wish my song to be associated with cats, nor might I not wish a artist who spits expletives in his lyrics to use/cover/homage my song as a springboard for his career. Has nothing to do with money in that case.

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  25. Hugh

    Drake didnt sue Jojo for covering Marvins Room.

    If its free you cant sue

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @Hugh, look, it’s the artist’s right to choose whether or not to sue. Drake didn’t have a problem with it, so he didn’t sue JoJo. Don Henley obviously has a problem with it. JoJo performed Marvin’s Room multiple times. She obviously wouldn’t perform for free, so therefore she made money off of the song. If Frank performs the song, he’s going to make money off of it. I’m not saying Frank is the big bad guy here, but there is a business side to the music industry and rules that need to be followed or it could cost you a lot of money. As simple as that.

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    Hugh Reply:

    @Mentamir, true. I’m just surprised it happened.

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  26. DRB

    Reading these posts shows exactly why people are fine pirating music without a second thought or realizing the implications.

    It’s someone elses work that you used to benefit yourself. While Frank didn’t make any money off it and it was a mixtape, “technically” aka legally, it has to be cleared. He isn’t suing for residuals from the album because the album was free.

    Yes this happens all the time but you still have to check. Occasionally, you’ll run into an artist that cares and it’ll bite you in the ass.

    Regarding race- let someone TAKE a Prince song and see how it goes.

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    From Tokyo Reply:

    @DRB, Thank you.

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    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @DRB, Ah, finally! Thank You. These idiots on this post fail to realize the truth. As you can see above, they just continue to argue some invalid, baseless point. Smh.

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    justsayin Reply:

    @DRB, you can look up thousands if not millions of youtube videos of artist trying to get reorganization by singing another artist song so how is that any different??
    he would have to “check” and get clearance if he was making profit off of it mostly due to the fact that he would be owing them money every time he got money from the song but he doesn’t
    he doesn’t make profit from this song at his shows he has a bunch of other songs that gets paying gigs so again whats your argument

    yall are stupid its funny because youtube took down that song yet allowed a bunch of other people doing covers of frank ocean version of the songs so whats the point??

    any half ass lawyer can get this shit thrown out once he proves he didn’t make any money off it, they really cant doing anything and if you have something to prove otherwise please share that PROVEN information with me

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @DRB, haha, you’re so right about the Prince comment. You can barely find any of his work on YouTube. He’s got a grip on his work.

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  27. Wil

    Unless hes doing free shows hes profiting off of performing it. Duh! I like Frank tho n I love that original song. But c’mon… Just stop perfoing it. Simple.

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  28. H-Town

    While it’s true that he hasn’t profited off of the release of the cd, which the song was one, he has profited off of perfoming the songs at his concerts.

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  29. bitz

    he also “ripped off” a coldplay song. why don’t they file suit?

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  30. Say Word?

    The whole album was paying homage to some of his favorite music. Don Henley should feel honored and be more open-minded. Think of how many younger people will be exposed to the song now.

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  31. Cut that Shhty out

    don henley should be more open-minded.

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  32. michael

    There is not talent behind this song. He stole the melody and structure, simple as that.

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  33. Rand88

    I guess its up to the artist whether he wants to take legal action. he would be a cool ass dude not to, but I can also understand that its his right to do so. That song is his baby. thanks for the insight guys.

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  34. hero

    so why would don henley get mad at frank ocean when he stole the same melody from jethro hull?

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  36. Cha Am

    excellent article regarding, nonetheless! i don’t want to be so negative however i do think that your website would look better if you had a little bit of orange on it =) No…, you won’t have to agree… that is merely my humble view. Thank you for a great article anyhow! :P Best regards.

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  37. BLAHHH !!

    Damn , the man uses another person beat & he is talentless ? ( Lyrics make the song , btw . ]-__- Back to the subject at hand , Frank said he’s not good at making beats , so this guy should be honored that he used his beat out of all the beats there are in the world . I dont see the the problem in what Frank did really , but I understand what Henley is trying to say . . .

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  38. Mike

    How is it affecting the Eagles? I actually might hear the music from Hotel California, because otherwise I would never listen to it. And if they need money after all those tours/albums then they are morons! As an artist, one should be proud if others want to use my work. How would it hurt me? It could only bring publicity, and any publicity is good!

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  39. dmb

    made money or not, you can’t just take someone’s artistic or intellectual work and use it in a public forum. That’s why even before a baseball game they say the rights of this broadcast are owned by, (team), and any description or account or recording of this broadcast may not be used without express written permission. and that’s for a game already seen. who wants to watch a re run of a game, but the law is the law and applies to all mediums. Jay Zee had to take down the Gray album that used Beatle tracks too.

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