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Beatles on "Online Music Store"

by pufit_ / April 12, 2006 11:07 PM PDT

Just watching Ten Late News here in Australia, and apparently the Beatles have finally put their music on 'an online music store'. They didn't mention which one, and it was "breaking news". Will quote a source as soon as I find one.

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A source
by pufit_ / April 12, 2006 11:12 PM PDT
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by pufit_ / April 12, 2006 11:16 PM PDT

Sorry, I jumped the mark. They haven't put it on any online music store, but they are in the process of. My apologies. Source is Australia's The Daily Telegraph,

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by Wendy P. / April 12, 2006 11:34 PM PDT
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Reason for iTunes Offering
by adkinsjm / April 13, 2006 2:10 PM PDT
In reply to: iTunes?

Apple Corp is looking for money in their suit against Apple. I do not see them asking the court to stop the ITMS. The Beatles catalogue on iTunes would be a huge moneymaker for Apple Corp as well.

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Beatles Songs
by Wendy P. / April 13, 2006 1:14 PM PDT

On CNN today, they were saying that Michael Jackson's bank is calling in a loan, and he may have to sell about 200 songs he owns, including Beatles songs.

Is this the reason they are going to be online? I don't really understand how the licensing and stuff works.

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Holy cow!!
by Wendy P. / April 14, 2006 7:51 AM PDT
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They said my name on the podcast!!

I think my life is now complete.

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MJ can't sell songs online
by ebaez12 / April 14, 2006 8:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Beatles Songs

Quick licensing info. It's a little confusing so stick with me.

In the music industry there is a difference between a song and a master. A song is the words and lyrics, and the master is a recording by a particular artist of a song.

Publishing rights give you the authority to allow people to record a song, and master recording rights give you the authority to distribute particular recordings of a song (distribution is selling the recordings-CDs, records, mp3 files, etc).

What Michael Jackson owns is the publishing rights to songs written by various songwriters including John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He doesn't own the master of the Beatles recording of a song.

For example let's take Hey Jude.

MJ can grant a license to Molly Wood (of CNET Records) to record Hey Jude. When Molly records it, CNET Records would own the master of Molly's Hey Jude version so they control the distribution rights of her version.

So Michael Jackson cannot distribute recordings of Beatle songs, because he doesn't own them (Green) Apple Corp does. However, he will get paid anytime a master recording of a song he owns is sold. So whether it's Hey Jude by the Beatles, or Molly Wood, or Umpa Lumpa he will collect a fee.

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by Wendy P. / April 14, 2006 9:48 AM PDT

That made sense actually.

Thanks for explaining!

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