Category Archives: Music

California Web site to pay $950,000 for Beatles piracy

Here’s a story today about a California company that was re-recording Beatles and Radiohead songs while inserting “psycho-acoustic simulation” in the background.  Apparently the defendants thought that their additions rose to the level of original authorship. The District Court found the defense to be “obscure and undefined pseudo-scientific language (that) appears to be a long-winded way of  describing ‘sampling.'”

Read the full story here:  Web site to pay $950,000 for Beatles piracy – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

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Courtney Love settles lawsuit over sale of Nirvana publishing Rights

From BBC News.

Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love has settled a dispute with a management company over the proceeds from a sale of rights to her late husband’s songs.London and Co sued Love for $1m (£645,000) two years ago, claiming she owed them money after selling publishing rights to Nirvana’s music.The firm claimed the singer did not share earnings from the sale, which raised almost $20m (£12.9m).

Read more via BBC News – Courtney Love settles over Nirvana songs.