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Music Streaming Website Settles Beatles Lawsuit for $950,000

BlueBeat.com was sued for selling the band’s songs before they were legally available.

Website BlueBeat.com has agreed to pay several record labels $950,000 to settle a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed by music companies EMI Group PLC, Capitol Records and Virgin Records America in 2009, claimed that BlueBeat had violated their copyrights by streaming and selling songs by the Beatles for $.25.

The settlement fee was less than what the companies expected, according to BlueBeat owner Hank Risan.

"We basically settled the case for their attorney fees," BlueBeat's attorney told the Associated Press. "I felt that was sort of an acknowledgement on their part that they don't have the damages they claimed."

BlueBeat sold over 67,000 Beatles tunes over the course of several days before the record companies shut it down. Though Risan claimed the site used a technique called "psycho-acoustic stimulation" to stream unique versions of the songs, the judge rejected his arguments.