Feeds

Judge batters Bluebeat with injunction over Beatles downloads

Site owner gives long and winding explanation

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.