All you need is love ... and of course permission from EMI and the Beatles to sell their music online. But that hasn't stopped one website from cashing in on the Fab Four's catalogue, and now everyone's heading to court.
EMI's lawsuit contends that BlueBeat.com violated federal copyright law by offering the Beatles catalog without permission. Also named as defendants in the suit are Bluebeat's parent company, Media Rights Technology Inc., and Media Rights chief executive Hank Risan.
For years, the Beatles catalogue has been held in digital purgatory as we wait for the band and EMI to reach an online licensing agreement. In the meantime, they continue to re-re-re-release compilation albums, box sets, compilation albums, and a few more box sets.