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Claim: Heavy metal band Metallica is suing the group Unfaith over their use of the E and F chords.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: Metallica may be derided by some fans as an aggressively litigious group, having once sued the Napster file-sharing service over the unauthorized distribution of their copyright-protected music, but they haven't gone so far as to sue another band over the use of the E and F chords.
The "Metallica Sue Canadian Band over E, F Chords" article was a spoof posted on the humor site scoopthis.com and mocked up to look like a genuine news page from the MTV.com web site. The joke was executed well enough that it fooled some "legitimate" news services, such as Ananova, into picking up the story.
Last updated: 30 October 2007
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