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Speaking specifically about Frank Ocean and his use of "Hotel California" in his song "American Wedding" and indie band Okkervil River for their version of "The End of Innocence" in which they changed the lyrics without asking Henley. He says, "If you respect somebody you ask their permission to diddle around with their work. I don't know how [Okkervil River would] react if I took one of their songs and re-wrote the lyrics and recorded it. Maybe they wouldn't care, but I care." And as for Ocean, Henley says, "Anyone who knows anything should know you cannot take a master track of a recording and write another song over the top of it... That's a problem with some of the younger generation, they don't understand the concept of intellectual property and copyright. He was clearly in the wrong. I wouldn't dream of doing something like that. What kind of ego is that? I don't understand it."
Okkervil River's Will Sheff has once again questioned why Henley is upset, saying, "I would be honored if Don Henley took one of my songs and re-wrote the lyrics and recorded it. That's how folk music works. Love you, Don."
Henley, on tour in Europe with the Eagles, plans to release his country album in September, and he says there has been "a bit of talk" about a new Eagles album. "We don’t want to force one unless there’s some enthusiasm for it."