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- Nov 28, 2011
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(On an offtopic tangent).That's hard to say without a break down:
There are 2 different copyrights in play: Copyright in the song (known as publishing rights) and copyright in the sound recording (known as master rights). The publisher only deals with the publishing rights, which is the songwriting side and includes the music and lyrics.
The "publisher" gets paid any time a song is streamed, put on physical media, played on radio/TV, performed, basically when ever it's commercially "performed" (which can be a recording) anywhere in any fashion.
Was this the case of Michael Jackson owning the "rights" to a large portion of the Beatles catalog, which Jackson outbidded Sir Paul at an auction back in the 1980s ?
IIRC, EMI/Apple still had possession of the original master tapes of these same songs?