Eagles’ Don Henley Chastises Frank Ocean for Sampling ‘Hotel California’ Without Asking
Frank Ocean knew this day was coming when he preemptively posted back in March of 2012 on his Tumblr that Rhino Records threatened to sue him over his track “American Wedding” from his nostalgia, ULTRA mixtape, which samples the Eagles hit song “Hotel California.” On the track, Ocean takes the master recording of “Hotel California,” using the music but putting his own lyrics over them.
“I heard it, I was not impressed,” Henley told the Daily Telegraph. “He needs to come up with his own ideas and stop stealing stuff from already established works.”
Henley goes on to suggest that Ocean doesn’t understand U.S. copyright law, which prohibits unapproved use of copyrighted works such as this, even when they are distributed for free as his mixtape originally was.