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The Beatles' 1962 music now in public domain

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The Beatles' "Love Me Do" and its b-side "PS I Love You", released in 1962, are now in the public domain within Europe after its copyright lapsed on 31st December 2012. Under existing E.U. law, copyright for recorded music expires after 50 years. Recent changes to extend the limit to 70 years wont retrospectively cover music released in 1962.

http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/reissue-labels-capitalise-on-love-me-do-going-public-domain-as-ipo-begins-consultation-on-copyright-extension/

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in these days of file sharing and mp3s, copyright is pretty much laughed at

ive been in several unsigned bands and we still copyright the music yet ive seen our music on torrent websites, ridiculous

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And it should be noted "You Need Love", recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962, is also now in the public domain in Europe. The copyright in the US is still retained due to the 95 year limit there but the situation in Europe is different. Interesting.

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The Beatles' "Love Me Do" and its b-side "PS I Love You", released in 1962, are now in the public domain within Europe after its copyright lapsed on 31st December 2012. Under existing E.U. law, copyright for recorded music expires after 50 years. Recent changes to extend the limit to 70 years wont retrospectively cover music released in 1962.

http://www.thecmuweb...ight-extension/

No chance, this is The Beatles. Just let some mickey mouse operation try and put their Parlophone music out. It's not going to happen.

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