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21 October 2009
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My brother just sent me this: http://www.eastwestsamples.com.....index=1027

"FAB FOUR is a virtual instrument inspired by the sounds of the Beatles, using the same kind of instruments and recording equipment the Beatles used to create their music."

Just listen to the samples. It's not cheap, but any serious musicians wanting to get The Beatles' sounds just right now know where to find them. They sound really good.

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15 March 2010
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McLerristarr said:

I would be surprised if they haven't been sued for this - the songs sound very similar to the original Beatles songs. Even Neil Innes was sued for The Rutles' songs that didn't sound as close to the originals as these do. They even have similar titles: Evolution, Untogether (not even a word), etc.


 

Quantum Leap recreated the studio sounds, which neither The Beatles nor EMI own. They've clearly taken care to make the instrumental parts sufficiently different from the originals (normally only two consecutive chords are the same as on The Beatles' recordings, eg the beginning of Something In The Sky), although the pastiche is undeniable. It be up to lawyers and musicologists - of which I'm neither - to decide but I'd be surprised if anyone sued them for this.

And what's wrong with calling a pastiche Evolution? There's nothing illegal about it.

Neil Innes was sued by ATV (not The Beatles) for plagiarism, but probably shouldn't have been. He was going to fight it in court, and hired a musicologist to back him up, but his publishers settled out of court without his knowledge. He lost thousands in royalties and fees but we'll probably never know if he was really guilty.

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15 March 2010
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Joe said:

McLerristarr said:

I would be surprised if they haven't been sued for this - the songs sound very similar to the original Beatles songs. Even Neil Innes was sued for The Rutles' songs that didn't sound as close to the originals as these do. They even have similar titles: Evolution, Untogether (not even a word), etc.


 
Quantum Leap recreated the studio sounds, which neither The Beatles nor EMI own. They've clearly taken care to make the instrumental parts sufficiently different from the originals (normally only two consecutive chords are the same as on The Beatles' recordings, eg the beginning of
Something In The Sky), although the pastiche is undeniable. It be up to lawyers and musicologists - of which I'm neither - to decide but I'd be surprised if anyone sued them for this.

And what's wrong with calling a pastiche Evolution? There's nothing illegal about it.

Neil Innes was sued by ATV (not The Beatles) for plagiarism, but probably shouldn't have been. He was going to fight it in court, and hired a musicologist to back him up, but his publishers settled out of court without his knowledge. He lost thousands in royalties and fees but we'll probably never know if he was really guilty.


 

I know it was ATV. I was really annoyed when I read that he had been sued for it; companies only do that sort of thing to make money, they don't care about anything else.  Clearly The Beatles didn't care - George Harrison was even in the film!

There's nothing technically wrong with calling it 'Evolution' - I wouldn't care if it were my songs they were copying - it would just give ATV more ammunition possibly. I doubt they'd sue actually; they'll probably never find out about it anyway.

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