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Solters goes after Ocean on Henley's behalf

ARTICULATE ATTACK DOG: Odd Future’s Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr on Wednesday to imply that the Eagles' Don Henley had threatened legal action over Ocean's track "American Wedding," the L.A. Times reports. Ocean's song, released on his debut mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA, which Def Jam re-released last year, heavily sampled from "Hotel California" and riffed on the song's famous melody. Ocean said that he thought Henley was "intimidated" by his take on the song, and found the whole dustup "awesome." When approached by the Times, longtime media bodyguard Larry Solters responded: “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. 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.” You tell ’em, Lar’. Will one or more additional “dustups” ensue? (3/2a)

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