Internet music site Bluebeat.com have been forced by the EMI group to remove their entire catalogue of songs from legendary pop group The Beatles. EMI filed a copyright infringement against the site and their parent company Media Rights Technologies. We reported a while ago that a new USB drive was released to offer all albums fully remastered to the Beatles enthusiast fanbase.
Bluebeat were selling the songs for $0.25 each and they were proving to be a a popular download as Beatles songs are not offered on any online stores, even the leading Apple counterpart iTunes.
After receiving the lawsuit, site founder Hank Risan sent an e-mail to the general counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Steve Marks, responding to Marks’ inquiry over “psychoacoustic simulations”, a “synthetic creation of sounds” developed by Risan.
“With regard to the music streamed at BlueBeat, I authored the sound recordings that are being used by psycho-acoustic simulation, independently affixed pursuant to Section 114 (b) of the Act and, as such, are not within the exclusive rights of your members,” it says. “In addition, BlueBeat.com has received copyright registration for all its audio visual material and related sounds. ”
EMI’s lawyers were duly unimpressed and stated that the site “engaged in digital music piracy of the most blatant kind” and was undercutting and destroying a legitimate digital market. “Perhaps the most stunning aspect of Defendants’ conduct is the willful and overtly defiant manner in which they are acting.”
This has damaged sales of the Beatles albums which as most people know were recently released, remastered with much higher sound quality than before.
Five albums of Beatles tracks remain on the website but when clicked they point to the BUY tab on Amazon.com. As yet, no online service is legally allowed to offer Beatles albums for download although we would assume that iTunes would be in with the highest chance.
Allan Campbell: Heaven Media