Previously Unreleased Beatles Tracks Released to Extend Copyright Term
December 20, 2013
Some previously unreleased tracks by The Beatles are said to have been released temporarily on 17th December in order to prolong the copyright term.
By Scott Harrison on Friday 20th December 2013.
Under EU law, copyright in a sound recording lasts for 50 years from the end of the year in which it was made, unless the sound recording was published during that time. If so, copyright lasts from 70 years from the end of the year of publication. Digital Spy reports that Apple Records and Universal Music temporarily released some previously unreleased tracks by The Beatles on iTunes on 17th December 2013, before taking them down soon afterwards. The tracks were said to have been recorded in 1963, meaning that unless they had been published, the copyright term would have ended at the end of this year. Releasing the tracks this year extends the copyright term until the end of 2083.
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