EMI’s copyright infringement lawsuit against US site BlueBeat is cranking into gear, and the latter’s defence will make your jaw drop. BlueBeat is arguing that it’s able to sell the Beatles back catalogue because it owns the copyrights! Specifically, because it claims it has used “psycho-acoustic simulation” to re-record the albums, while adding some pictures. Essentially, its argument is that by ripping the albums from CD while running them through its software, BlueBeat has created new works. A judge has already slapped the site with a temporary restraining order forbidding it from selling Beatles albums or any EMI works until the court case gets underway on 20 November.
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