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European Union copyright law leads the Beatles bootleg recordings to be released on iTunes

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

Have you heard about the new album from the Beatles? Sure, they broke up in 1970, but this month, Apple is set to release 59 previously unreleased tracks of bootleg recordings from the Fab Four on iTunes. Why? There’s an official “no comment” line from Apple, according to Mark Brown of the Guardian in “Beatles for sale: copyright laws force Apple to release 59 tracks.” But, as implied by Brown’s title, fans and reporters alike are speculating that the iTunes release is due to European Union copyright law.

EU Copyright

So what is the law? Norwegian Beatles blogger Roger Stormo of WogBlog explained in his December 11, 2013, post, “Beatles bootleg recordings 1963 – a copyright scheme?” that in Europe, copyright is secured for a recording upon its release. Read more