Sunday 22 April 2018

Beatles tribute acts lock horns as lawyers refuse to let it be

The Beatles: split in 1970
The Beatles: split in 1970

Adam Sherwin

IN 1970, The Beatles dissolved in acrimony at the High Court in London.

Now two Beatles tribute acts are locked in a bizarre legal battle to decide which of them "created" the Fab Four's songs and mop-top haircuts.

The producers of 'Let It Be', the West End musical which is about to open on Broadway, are being sued for copyright infringement by a rival production which claims that it first came up with idea of a show that recreates the band's story starting in the 1960s' Liverpool.

The creators of 'Rain', a Beatles tribute show which ran on Broadway for nine months in 2010/11, have filed a lawsuit against 'Let It Be', a show featuring a tribute band, which recreates the Beatles' story.

The Rain Corporation contends that 'Let It Be' incorporates elements of 'Rain', including musical arrangements of the Beatles' hits, Scouse-inflected banter and the hairstyles.

Peter Cane, a lawyer for 'Let It Be's' producers, Jeff Parry and Annerin Productions, argued that the copyright claim was absurd. "'Let It Be' is a tribute to The Beatles, not to the four guys who impersonate The Beatles," he said.

The 'Rain' lawsuit argues that 'Let It Be', which features 40 of the band's greatest hits, including 'Yesterday', 'Hey Jude' and the title song, uses 28 of the 31 songs performed in 'Rain'.

Irish Independent

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