Don Henley is having a "Hey kids, get off-a my lawn!" moment. In a new interview, the Eagles frontman tweaks R&B singer Frank Ocean and indie band Okkervil River for using master tracks or covering two of his songs in recent years without permission.
Henley's issue with Ocean stems from the rising star's sampling of the entire "Hotel California" track, minus vocals, for his song "American Wedding." Ocean wrote new lyrics for the song, which was never released commercially but was included on a free mixtape. Henley was not impressed, and seemed shocked that Ocean "doesn't seem to understand" copyright laws in the United States.
"Anyone who knows anything should know you cannot take a master track of a recording and write another song over the top of it," Henley told the Daily Telegraph in Australia. "You just can't do that. You can call it a tribute or whatever you want to call it, but it's against the law. That's a problem with some of the younger generation, they don't understand the concept of intellectual property and copyright."