LOS ANGELES (AP) — A website that posted digital copies of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] music a year before they became legitimately available has agreed to pay record companies nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit.[photogallerylink id=55052 align=right]
Court records show the owner of the site BlueBeat.com agreed to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the music companies EMI, Capitol Records and Virgin Records America.
A federal judge had previously ruled BlueBeat infringed on the labels’ copyrights when it sold high-quality versions of songs by the Fab Four and other top-name acts, including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Coldplay[/lastfm] and[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lily Allen[/lastfm], for 25 cents apiece.
The case had been scheduled to begin trial Tuesday on remaining issues.
The website posted music shortly after the release of re-mastered Beatles albums.
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