Website Pays $1 Million in Damages for Selling Cheap Beatles Tunes

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warptek2010

I am still scratching my head over this one... how anyone can successfully be sued for infringing on someone else's music nowadays is beyond me when with the right attorney and the right defense (which this guy obviously did not have) the case would be dismissed. Let's get this straight to all you so called 'artists' out there... your record companies and the goons in Congress over inflate your so called talent as to believe that 99.8% of you guys didn't steal from someone else to get inspiration to write your current crud. 

And that's right... the Beatles certainly did it too!

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TRYER

"We basically settled the case for their attorney fees" Exactly right. Even if were 10 million dollars, if would go to attorney fees and music industry ceo's. Like all pirate court cases.

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warptek2010

Which makes you wonder who the real pirates actually are?

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xchrissypoox

Selling music that isn't yours $1,000,000

Jammie-Thomas case P2Ping 18 songs $1,920,000

Well done law.

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Keith E. Whisman

Are Rap and Hip Hop artists going to come under attack for using parts of Beetles tunes like the Sha na na na na na, na na na hey jude, sha na na na na na, na na na, hey jude. I've been forced to hear that rap music while at work at the strip bars and ethnic clothing stores. 

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Silver925

Nope. Rap and Hip-Hop artists who use 'samples' (A lame, 'I lack the talent to create my own melody' method. In my opinion.) do it within the guidelines. They either pay a royalty to the copyright holder, or the sample is so small (Only so many bars of music or so many words - I forget what the limit is) that it is not enough to be considered an infringement.

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Keith E. Whisman

This is bad because this will probably leed to legal attacks against cell phone carriers that provide small, cheesy, midi tunes versions of actual songs. Although these low quality tunes suck, they are now open to attack because of this precident just set. 

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leo655

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Danthrax66

Last time I checked the beatles weren't producing music anymore. So why are their songs copy protected? How about we start dealing with the law the way it is supposed to be instead of letting corporations change it?

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mesiah

good analogy. I still don't know if I would have given the guy a pass (I would need to hear the music.) But it makes much more sense now.

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warptek2010

I am a musician and I have written songs before using somewhat similiar techniques of what Hank Risen described. It's not bullshit. If you have ever heard music playing in the background with a lot of foreground noise and have failed to immediately identify the tune except that you're first reaction is that it sounds familiar you know what I am talking about. As you move closer to the audio field then you recognize the song you've heard a hundred times before. But before, when it was background noise, your brain interpreted the song differently, filling in the spaces where you can't quite hear. I think THAT was what he was refering to with his technobabble. This guy should've demanded a jury with at least 2 or 3 musicians on it and he would've walked away clean. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the public are musical morons when they would have you believe otherwise based on what they have blasting in the car as they drive by.

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