BlueBeat, a website that tried to sell digital copies of The Beatles' music in 2009, has agreed to pay record companies almost $1m (around £625,000) in compensation.
The BBC reports that a court found the website had violated the copyright of music labels EMI Group PLC, Capitol Records and Virgin Records America.
Back in 2009, BlueBeat began selling digital copies of The Beatles' music, claiming that what it was doing was "entirely lawful and does not constitute piracy". BlueBeat claimed that the tracks were not subject to copyright laws as they were actually BlueBeat's original creations, made by using "psycho-acoustic simulation".
However, EMI filed a lawsuit a few days later and a temporary restraining order saw the website taken offline. Around 67,000 Beatles' tracks were bought from the site.
Judge Josephine Tucker ruled that BlueBeat's argument did not stand up to scrutiny, saying that its claim that the tracks were original creations were couched in "obscure and undefined pseudo-scientific language". The site had also offered music from artists such as Coldplay.
The Beatles' music finally made it into iTunes in November 2010, after years of wrangling between EMI and Apple.
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