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    Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:57:10

    Website to Pay $1 Million to Record Companies After Selling Beatles Songs For .25 Cents - The federal lawsuit was settled

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    The Associated Press reports that a website that sold Beatles songs online for .25 cents apiece before they became legally available has agreed to pay record companies nearly $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit.

    A judge ruled in December that the site BlueBeat.com violated the music labels' copyrights and presented unfair competition. A trial was to begin in California earlier this week, but BlueBeat settled out of court.

    BlueBeat both streamed and sold music by The Beatles, Coldplay and Lilly Allen for a few days before labels sued to shit the site down in November 2009. At that point, the site had distributed thousands of Beatles songs and the damage was done.

    What do you think of BlueBeat's settlement?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    03.30.11




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