All rise.

The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the plaintiffs or, as members of the Bar Association put it, no! No! Oh, hell no, man! Hell no! No way!! You have been duly instructed.

Today’s docket: a-ha, plaintiffs vs. U2, defendants

a-ha – “The Sun Always Shines on TV,” from Hunting High and Low (1985)

We ask that you not listen to the whole, but specific parts of our song in contrast to the defendants, judging our chorus against their bridge. We feel you will hear many similarities; similarities we can only determine being intentional.

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U2 – “Beautiful Day,” from All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)

Jealousy, that’s all this is. Petty jealousy. They had their video with the cartoon people in the maze. We had a record-breaking career that hasn’t yet begun to slow down! If there is a similarity, it is brief and thoroughly unintentional. Thank you, Rock Court, and g’nite!!

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