Eversheds advises McCartney and Ringo on video game deal

Eversheds underlined its longstanding relationship with The Beatles this week when it advised on a deal to put 45 of the group’s songs on to the video game Rock Band.

The two surviving members of The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, launched the karaoke-style game earlier this week when they appeared on stage at the start of the E3 Media and Business Summit in Los Angeles.

The latest Rock Bandrepresents the first time The Beatles’ music has been licensed to a third party for use in an interactive, video game format. Initially 45 songs have been made available although more are likely to follow.

Eversheds partner Nick Valner along with assistant Andrew Terry advised Apple Corps on the deal in which The Beatles’ record label partnered with Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games.

Valner has previously acted for The Beatles on numerous matters including its trademark battle with Apple Inc.