It's Not Stealing Music if it's a MIDI File
Coldplay at Honda Center
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Online music company BlueBeat.com was a site that sold popular music on the Internet-at a fraction of the cost. For $0.25, they sold songs by the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Katy Perry, the Beatles and more.
They didn't have rights to these songs from EMI or any publishing house, so how was it possible that they could sell these songs online? BlueBeat argued that "the songs on the website only sounded like exact copies. Site operators extracted sound waves from each song and then replicated them artificially. Attorney Archie Robinson said,Your human ear would be tricked into thinking it's the same sound...We've created an artificial sound that's exactly like the Beatles, only better."
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