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    Just for the record (pardon the pun), Apple Records was still contracted for distribution through EMI and Capitol Records through 1975, and EMI retained ownership rights over the music.  In 1984, Michael Jackson bought ownership rights to the Beatles' music catalog from ATV, the company that had previously bought the Beatles' publicly-traded (for tax-dodging purposes) company, Northern Songs.

    The entire Beatles songbook was quite literally a commodity the Beatles themselves traded on (and, it turned out, lost out on), but distribution was still left up to the big boys (EMI and Capitol Records) until the dissolution of the band.

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