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The Beatles Dealt With a Copyright Dispute Over 'All You Need Is Love'

Friday, February 09, 2024

The Beatles included bits of other songs in "All You Need Is Love." Here's why this ended up getting them in a bit of trouble.

In 1967, The Beatles performed “All You Need Is Love” on a live broadcast. The song was a swift success for the band and became an anthem for the summer of its release. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though. The band ran into copyright issues following the discovery that producer George Martin included a song that was not in the public domain.

“All You Need Is Love” includes elements from several songs, including “La Marseillaise” and the 1939 song “In the Mood.” The latter eventually became a problem for the band.

“In arranging it, we shoved ‘La Marseillaise’ on the front, and a whole string of stuff on the end,” Martin said in The Beatles Anthology. “I fell into deep water over that. I’m afraid that amongst all the little bits and pieces I used in the play-out (which the boys didn’t know about) was a bit of ‘In The Mood’. Everyone thought ‘In The Mood’ was in the public domain, and it is — but the introduction isn’t. The introduction is an arrangement, and it was the introduction I took. That was a published work.”

Source: Emma McKee/cheatsheet.com

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