U2 'Horizon' artwork controversy dying down

No rip-off on the Horizon
No rip-off on the Horizon

Earlier this week, U2 were slammed by American electronic musician Taylor Deupree when he blogged that artwork for the Irish superstar band's upcoming No Line On The Horizon is "is nearly an exact rip-off of mine and Richard Chartier's Specification.Fifteen, which came out a couple of years ago."

Well, now Deupree is changing is tune.

"Stop wasting your time," says Deupree

Although it is certain that both albums make use of an image by famed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, Deupree, in a new blog, writes, "You're still looking at this??"

"Who cares!?! This post was intended, half in jest, for the 300 faithful readers of my blog to show them that something we had done was just done by a band as massive as U2. Aren't there more important things to worry about now? Stop wasting your time here. Go do something that matters."

"Aren't there more important things to worry about now? I'm going to shut up now" Taylor Deupree, who previously branded U2's artwork a 'rip-off' of his

Dupree adds: "I should note that it seems people are focusing on the phrase "rip-off' which, in hindsight, was the wrong word to use, as a 'rip-off' by definition implies intent (and I don't believe there was any intent). 'Rip-off,' it seems, can't be done unless U2 was aware of our cover...which, I highly doubt they were."

Never interested in money

Deupree stresses that he was never interested in legal damages, adding "this minor ordeal has become more a question of a project that was small, intimate and experimental (and the chance of a lifetime for a small artist) vs the massive pop culture machine. In the end we all know who wins. So I'm going to shut up now."

As far as controversies go, this one went bye-bye fast.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.