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Beach Boys, like Beatles, reportedly doing similar digital 'bootleg' release

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Our Dec. 10 story about the iTunes “Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963” compilation coming Dec. 17 now has a companion: The Beach Boys are doing a digital release of their own. Beach Boys Examiner David Beard reported Dec. 11 that the group will release a similar digital compilation called “The Big Beat 1963” on Dec. 17, which is the same day as the Beatles compilation. The release is now listed on Amazon.com.

Beard says the Beach Boys' “The Big Beat 1963” 22-song track list includes various demos by Brian Wilson, the Honeys (the female singing group that included his former wife Marilyn) and the Beach Boys mostly from bootlegs. It's being done, as the Beatles' release reportedly is, to satisfy European copyright laws.

As Allan Kozinn of the New York Times wrote in reporting about a similar compilation by Bob Dylan, there will be a change in the laws in 2014 extending copyright to 70 years. But the artists' recordings must be published before the 50-year term limit to take advantage of the new law.

A source tells Beatles Examiner similar compilations are in the works for many other artists.

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