Music Sorry for the misleading photo. It's from 1965.

Sorry for the misleading photo. It's from 1965.

Why did The Beatles release ‘new’ songs this week?

Published on December 18th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

Yesterday The Beatles released “The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963″ on iTunes, a collection of 50-year-old outtakes, many of which have been circulating in collector circles for years. So why is the Fab Four releasing the album now?

Because under European Union law, the material had copyright protection for 50 years, but material given an official release gets a 20 year extension. So instead of entering the public domain next year, when anyone could sell and make money off it, The Beatles maintain control for another 20 years.

At that point Paul will be 91 and Ringo will be 93.

If you want a newer take on The Beatles, The End: A Tribute to The Beatles, plays Wooly’s on Dec. 27.

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Joe Lawler covers music and more for Juice Magazine. E-mail him at or follow his updates on Twitter @JoeLawler

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