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Beatallica Slapped With "Cease-And-Desist" Order

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Beatallica, the Internet sensation who combine the work of The Beatles with the sound of early Metallica, have been slapped with a "cease-and-desist" order by The Beatles' music publisher over their "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license."

In the notice of willful copyright infringement, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, copyright owner and music publisher of "compositions written, individually and jointly, by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey" claims that Beatallica's use of The Beatles' compositions "without the express authorization or license has caused and continues to cause substantial and irreparable injury amd is in direct violation of Sony/ATV's rights."

When Metallica frontman James Hetfield was asked last year by Kerrang! magazine if he's ever heard Beatallica, he replied, "Yeah. I heard that. That was amazing. Someone put a lot of thought and talent into that man!" Asked if he was being sarcastic, he said, "No, not at all. I heard it online. It was about a year ago, or more. It was pretty amazing. It was pretty well thought out so I'm glad there's people like that in the world to do that and it's very entertaining for us, for sure!"

Source: Metal-Rules.com

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1. Leathco writes:

Wow....for once it's Metallica not only not doing the suing, but actually backing up the defendants!

# Feb 19, 2005 @ 8:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. cheersvb writes:

friggin beatles. most talentless, overrated band in history (second place goes to nirvana)

# Feb 20, 2005 @ 9:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brokenwings13 writes:

Wait, am I hearing this correctly? Lars Ulrich isn't suing over this?

F*cking amazing.

Also, Cheersvb, Without the Beatles, you wouldn't have had Black Sabbath, and then you wouldn't have had heavy metal. Ozzy AND tony said it themselves that the Beatles were a big influence on the band.

# Feb 20, 2005 @ 11:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Sean writes:

she's got you there

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 2:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Sean writes:

and i was surprised as you when i read the headline . . . thought it was lars instantly

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 2:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. riffplay writes:

These guys are warriors of true music in the sense that they prove that music is a living thing, it has no barriers! I'm glad that at least Metallica gives support to them. Figh fire with fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. brokenwings13 writes:

I thought it was Lars too, but if you haven't noticed, it's not actually the Beatles(or what's left of them) that is doing the suing.

"In the notice of willful copyright infringement, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, copyright owner and music publisher of "compositions written, individually and jointly, by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey" claims that Beatallica's use of The Beatles' compositions "without the express authorization or license has caused and continues to cause substantial and irreparable injury amd is in direct violation of Sony/ATV's rights."

I haven't heard ANYTHING from Paul or Ringo's camps about this, but then again, Well, Paul doesn't own his share of it, Michael Jackson bought those, and I'm not sure if Ringo has his copyrights still.

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 4:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. mwitherow writes:

Someone should have said "cease and esist" to metallica when they were making that god-awful St.Anger

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 8:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. mwitherow writes:

Someone should have said "cease and desist" to metallica when they were making that god-awful St.Anger

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 8:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. brokenwings13 writes:

Shut up. Quit b****ing about it so much, it's recorded, sold a million copies, IT'S DONE!!! Leave it alone.

How would you feel if you were a member of one of the world's most known metal bands and people were trashing you becasue you put out a different album?

# Feb 21, 2005 @ 10:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. riffplay writes:

Hey, the website is down already!!!! It's just not fair, I can't find any other words...

# Feb 25, 2005 @ 8:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. brokenwings13 writes:

Whatever happened to artistic freedom?

Beatallica can make songs. There's nothing wrong with that.

How many of you have seen Dawn Of The Dead?

Do you remember that one scene where someone(It sounded like Kevin Porter) was singing a lounge version of Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness"??

This is the same thing. It just involves two other bands.

# Feb 26, 2005 @ 3:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brandonshire writes:

"Do you remember that one scene where someone(It sounded like Kevin Porter) was singing a lounge version of Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness"?? This is the same thing. It just involves two other bands."

True, but I'll bet anything that they had to pay someone some licensing money to use Disturbeds song.

# Mar 9, 2005 @ 6:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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