British songwriter accuses U2 of stealing song for Achtung Baby album

A British songwriter and guitarist is claiming that rock band U2 and lead singer Bono stole one of his songs for their 1991 album Achtung Baby.

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

The lawsuit said U2 heard his song after signing 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 US$5m in damages and lawyers' fees.

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