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," which can be downloaded as a PDF file from this location (72 KB), Sony/ATV Music Publishing — a 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!"
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