Here’s a lesson to be learned about the legal issues of using other people’s music online.
I’ve just read in this somewhat cornily-worded article in The Inquirer (and the prize for the most Fab Four puns goes to…) that a website called BlueBeat.com is having to pay $950,000 to EMI Group for selling Beatles songs illegally.
The webiste, owned by Santa Cruz company Media Rights Technologies, was charging 25 cents per song. But they don’t own the copyright – EMI does.
They were making a quick buck – but this isn’t all that dissimilar from the treatment you’ll get if you’re caught putting free copies of tracks online – or downloading them – as we saw when the free music giant LimeWire was finally taken off the Internet in 2010 after a court ruled it had committed copyright infringement.
Yet another lesson about how easily you can trip up with audio online.