Claim:   Heavy metal band Metallica is suing the group Unfaith over their use of the E and F chords.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2003]

MONTREAL – Metallica are taking legal action against independant Canadian rock band Unfaith over what they feel is unsanctioned usage of two chords the band has been using since 1982: E and F.

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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 and
mocked up to look like a genuine news page from the 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