A CALIFORNIA WEBSITE has been fined $950,000 for illegally selling songs by The Beatles.
The company, Media Rights Technologies, discovered that 'money can't buy me love' when it decided to 'help' itself to the British band's songs and sell them for 25 cents on its website, BlueBeat.com. This occurred in 2009, which seemed like only 'yesterday'. It also illegally sold songs by Radiohead, Coldplay and Bonnie Raitt, none of which will receive puns in this article.
EMI brought the matter to court, crying 'hey judge!'. For their crimes Media Rights Technologies has been ordered to pay close to one million dollars to the record label EMI Group, potentially saying 'baby, you're a rich man' as it handed over the cash. EMI undoubtedly sang 'here comes the sun' in response.
Media Rights Technologies originally tried to get out of the lawsuit, saying 'let it be', by claiming that it had re-recorded the music and made it its own using "psycho-acoustic simulation", an excuse that the judge dismissed, according to Reuters. Media Rights Technologies and EMI Group have now 'come together' and reached a settlement.
Apple started legally selling The Beatles' songs in its Itunes music store in November of last year, starting a music 'revolution' that spread 'across the universe'.
In the end Media Rights Technologies' first meeting with EMI was very much a 'hello, goodbye' encounter. µ
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