BEATLES: Protecting Their Interests.
Without much fanfare, The Beatles released The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 for download today on iTunes. The 59 previously unreleased outtakes, demos and BBC sessions were made commercially available to keep them from becoming public domain. European Union copyright law covers recordings for 70 years if they have had an official release -- but only 50 years if they have not.
The collection includes four alternate takes of "She Loves You," two versions of "From Me to You," several live versions of "Roll Over Beethoven" and three attempts at "There's a Place."
Had these tracks not been released before the end of the year, any record label could theoretically put them out and profit from them next year. It's not known how long the material will remain on sale.