The Eagles take legal action against fan who charged cinema-goers to watch bootleg live footage

Don Henley and Glenn Frey sue concert archivist William Shelley

The Eagles are taking legal action against a fan who showed rare concert footage of the band performing live at a screening in his cinema in Connecticut earlier this year.

Rolling Stone reports that Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the band are suing gig archivist William Shelley after he allegedly “refused” to pull the screening of unlicensed footage earlier this year. The band mates accuse the man of copyright violation in a lawsuit filed at the Brooklyn Federal Court and say that he is trying to “bolster his reputation as a purported music industry ‘insider’ with close connections and ties to many classic rock greats.”

Henley and Frey are seeking to reclaim the footage of their concert as well as his entire archive, which reportedly runs to over 10,000 hours of material including live performances from bands including Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones among dozens of others. It is estimated that Shelley has 100,000 reels of film collected since the 1970s.


This is the latest lawsuit in the Eagles’ history, with the most recent involving Frank Ocean. Don Henley made a fresh attack on Ocean earlier this year for alleged ‘song theft’ regarding the Odd Future cohort’s 2011 track ‘American Wedding’, from his mixtape ‘Nostalgia/Ultra, which saw him singing new lyrics over ‘Hotel California’.

Two years after the Eagles threatened to sue Ocean, Henley accused Ocean of being “arrogant” over the matter and saying that he “does not understand US copyright law. Ocean previously insisted that he was “paying homage” to Henley on his song and didn’t deserve to be sued.


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