Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner claims someone tried to copyright one of his original riffs

 Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest performs on the main stage on day one of the High Voltage Festival at Victoria Park on July 23, 2011 in London
(Image credit: Neil Lupin/Redferns)

In recent months, Judas Priest electric guitar player Richie Faulkner has been posting online “riff challenges” in an attempt to have some interactive fun with fans online.

But apparently some fans have taken things too far, with Faulkner claiming that one even attempted to copyright an original riff.

Faulkner took to Twitter to unload on online trolls and the offending copyrighter, posting, "I love creating content and interacting with you all, but I'm over the negativity and trolling on Instagram and Facebook etc and looking into other platforms. There would be a fee depending on tier level but it would create more of a community for maniacs who want to be there.”

He continued, "It's not about getting me down, it's about ruining the experience for the rest of you maniacs that actually like to hang out, dig PRIEST and learn stuff.

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“Also looking into tiers where the proceeds can contribute to Glenn [Tipton]’s Parkinson's foundation.”

In a further post, Faulkner wrote: “I've dealt with trolls in bars all my life, as I said it's not that they are getting to me, it's that they take away the experience from you maniacs.

“Someone actually tried to copyright a riff I did as part of the riff challenge. It's things like that that ruin it for everyone.”

Here’s hoping Faulkner continues the riff challenge in new environs. And for those who want to get closer to the guitarist’s style, might we suggest forgoing copyrighting one of his riffs and instead checking out the Epiphone Limited Edition Richie Faulkner Flying V Custom Outfit.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.