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    World Intellectual Property Review Quotes Paul Fakler on Copyright Dispute Over the Beatles Tribute Shows

    July 18, 2013

    Arent Fox Intellectual Property partner Paul M. Fakler spoke to World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) on a recent copyright dispute between The Beatles tribute shows Let It Be and Rain.

    After opening in London, the British Beatles tribute production Let It Be is coming to Broadway where the US production of a similar Beatles tribute show, Rain, had run in 2011. WIPR reported that Rain Corp., the producers of Rain, sued the producers of Let It Be for a 50-50 share and author credit because they claimed that Let It Be infringed on its copyrighted show.

    In the article, Mr. Fakler said, “My understanding is that the Rain show was essentially a Beatles tribute band concert. There was no story or ‘book’ in the traditional theatrical sense, other than a few instances of stage banter. Rain Corp does not own the copyright to The Beatles’ songs, various music publishers do. Rain also does not own a copyright in the way that the Beatles dressed, sang or spoke. Unless their variations are so creative that they could get their own copyright I would struggle to see the claims succeed.”

    To read the World Intellectual Property Review article, click here.