Paul Westerberg’s sonic experiment “49” — a beautiful tussle of home-recorded songs, some presented in full, some only rising up for a few snippets at a time and then falling away away, in one nearly 49 minute unbroken track — ran into a snag. He was selling it for 49 cents for about a week, before someone stopped him. At first theories were that he pulled it himself to make it a surprise limited edition, or that Amazon was upset that he’d put 49 minutes into one 49 cent track. But now there’s inidcations that it was stopped by bad people.
There’s a part in the mix where he sings the words “Oh darling”. Apparently the words “Oh darling” may be owned by the Beatles, if they’re sung in a way reminiscent enough to evoke their song “Oh darling” from an album made in the 1960s.
He only sings those words for a few seconds, but due to the nature of the recording, the Beatles lawyers may not have even listened to the album and realized that he only sang it for a few seconds. To be fair, he sings “I think I love you” by the Partridge Family for a full chorus, but the Partridge Family didn’t complain. If brought to court, Paul’s “Moulin Rouge” moments would likely be allowed under the terms of fair use, since previous rulings have stated that songs that are referenced for only a few seconds in the course of another work are ok.
Just more proof that the remaining Beatles are assholes through and through. Not just Yoko.