Judge batters Bluebeat with injunction over Beatles downloads
Site owner gives long and winding explanation
An LA judge has slapped an injunction on the Californian website that was flogging downloads of the Beatles catalogue at 25 cents a pop.
According to the LA Times, Judge John F Walter said the defendant in the case, BlueBeat.com and its owner, Hank Risan, rejected Bluebeat's argument that it had not breached copyright in the recordings, because it was actually selling “psychoacoustic simulations” of the Beatles tracks.
Bluebeat's argument seems to be that its downloads were exempt under US copyright laws, because it had made its own sound recordings of the tracks.
Capitol - EMI's local operation - clearly reckons this is a posh name for hometaping and went after Bluebeat earlier this month.
Yesterday, the judge appeared to concur, writing, according to the LA Times: “[Bluebeat owner] Mr Risan fails to provide any details or evidence about the ‘technological process’ that defendants contend was used to create the ‘new’ recordings or adequately explain how the ‘new’ recordings differ in any meaningful way from plaintiffs' recordings.”
He added that he could not detect any "meaningful difference between Bluebeat's recordings and the originals".
Risan told the LA Times that he had the label's permission to work with the recordings, as part of a "secret agreement", and that he was shocked at the injunction. ®
Was he channelling John Lennon or just pressing record?
Now we all know it's illegal to flog, for example, DVDs of movies shot with a video camera in a cinema. So how did this idiot think that it would be legal to sell his own recordings of Beatles tracks?
Or to approach the question another way does he think it's legal to go out and buy a single copy of a book and sell photocopies of that book?
What an idiot.
You mean the law applies to me too?
Nobody paid attention to me before... How come suddenly they are?