Bad news for fans of Beatles songs reinvented as Metallica songs. Beatallica, pioneers, trendsetters and global superstars in this sadly under-represented genre, have been issued with a cease-and-desist order (which you can read in PDF form).

And no, it’s *not* from Metallica’s lawyers, surprisingly enough, it’s from Sony/ATV, owners of the Beatles originals. And yes, of course they have every right to do this, but it’s another example of short-sighted greed and paranoia from a large media corporation. I’d be very surprised if the public image and reputation of the Beatles (or Metallica) have in any way been harmed by the Beatallica covers. I mean, come on… fans of two very different bands, introduced to each others’ music… what’s the problem?!

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