You can’t hand out roses without facing the guns when it comes to copyright. According to Consequence of Sound, Universal Music Group, who represents the iconic band Guns n’ Roses, has taken legal action against Rick Dunsford, a “diehard” fan of the group who found himself in hot water when he allegedly leaked unreleased demos online of the group’s 2008 record Chinese Democracy recording sessions. The band was furious and banned Dunsford for life from any of the group’s shows. Well, it seems Dunsford’s troubles are not over as he is now facing legal charges.
The charges will likely stem from a breach of agreement that occurred when Dunsford, who had come in possession of the tracks via a warehouse auction from former GNR rep Tom Zutaut, allegedly agreed to sell them back to the band’s management for $15,000. According to Universal, Dunsford then decided to leak the tracks online shortly after. Dunsford for his part says that someone else leaked the tracks and that he was quick to let GNR management know.
Monetary damages are surely on the line, though their amount has not been released. Dunsford, who even named his son Axl, may find himself in a lengthy legal battle with his favorite band who is well-known for being quite protective of their material. Guns N’ Roses continue to carry right along, with a promise of a new record on the way and additional tour dates for their Not In This Lifetime Tour added in Europe and Latin America for 2020, there is nothing stopping the band now.