3 September 2009
I came across this on Wikipedia. “I Saw Her Standing There”. It’s not an release. Is anyone familiar with this?
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17 December 2012
It is a European release made up (mainly) of 1962 recordings. Between official releases and bootlegs, there is a group of releases known as “grey market” – especially with older artists. The “grey market” is made up generally of out-of-copyright recordings or recordings with a questionable copyright claim. The companies releasing such material often have no access to the original tapes, lifting them from old legal releases or bootlegs.
Europe had, until recently, a 50-year copyright rule, which meant that The Beatles 1962 recordings went out-of-copyright in 2012. Surprisingly, very few chanced their arm by taking the risk. This company did.
This explains the iTunes-only official Apple release of The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 at the end of last year. There is a more detailed discussion of copyright in a thread about copyright from somewhere around the end of 2012/early 2013 (I can never find old threads!) and also in a thread about The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 (where you can hear us tracking it around the world on the night).
It’s a complicated issue, but this release is a legal release, just not official.
I’m sure @Ahhh Girl (our search master) will appear soon to point you in the direction of the two threads I mentioned.
20 August 2013
The Beatles and the 50 year copyright rule
The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 – Official Release
On another train of thought, perhaps the first two posts in this thread should be moved to the 50 year copyright rule thread to add to that discussion. Thoughts?
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17 December 2012
@Ahhh Girl Myself, I’d add it to “Miscellaneous Questions About The Beatles”.
Interesting to read those threads again. Quite amused that I predicted The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 back in January last year. Only me and @meanmistermustard took part in that copyright discussion (as others probably thought I was mad! and probably still do!).
I think adding this to that discussion about copyright would detract from a good two-header!