Lost Beatles film banned from release over copyright battle

A documentary featuring rare footage of The Beatles' first ever American concert has been banned from release amid allegations of copyright infringement.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 04, 2015, 12:33 PM IST
Lost Beatles film banned from release over copyright battle

Los Angeles: A documentary featuring rare footage of The Beatles' first ever American concert has been banned from release amid allegations of copyright infringement.

"The Beatles: The Lost Concert" had been due to open for a limited run in US theatres in 2012.

But bosses at Sony and the Fab Four's label, Apple Corps, took issue with the Ace Arts film's release as it contained archival clips from the band's historic Washington, DC concert back in February, 1964, when Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison performed tracks such as "She Loves You" and "Twist and Shout".

The plaintiffs won a court injunction to halt the screenings, and a British judge ruled in their favour, declaring the documentary violated Sony's music copyrights for eight of the 12 songs featured in the concert.

The film also included interviews with legendary guitarist Chuck Berry and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

The 1964 gig took place two days after The Beatles were officially introduced to audiences in the US with a slot on "The Ed Sullivan Show".