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BlueBeat Music has found one way to stand out among the plethora of music streaming and download sites: stream The Beatles’ catalog (original and remastered) free and sell the tracks as MP3s for a quarter a pop. Whether or not you have the rights. (I’m listening to Run For Your Life from the original Rubber Soul as I type.) As Macworld.com picked up — I have no idea who was first — the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based site includes a long section on the DMCA with these words: “If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by BlueBeat infringe your copyright (for example, materials posted by BlueBeat on one of our Forums), you (or your agent) may send us a notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it blocked.” Until then, all it takes to listen is a quick registration and agreeing that you are 18 or older.
But wishing doesn’t make it so. If that were the case, the catalog would already be for sale legally online — and the first site, or one of the first, with permission probably would be a bigger company in California called Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). EMI told the Telegraph it hasn’t granted permission; we were told they’re looking into it.
BlueBeat.com is no youngster; the digital radio service was launched as a subscription streaming service in 2004 by Media Rights Technologies (MRT). That would be the same MRT that issued cease-and-desist letters to Apple, *Adobe*, *RealNetworks* and *Microsoft* in 2007 because the companies weren’t using its protection technology. Just guessing they could be on the flip side this time.