Don’t let me down: Ja­panese superfans lose fight for Bea­tles footage

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It’s been a hard day’s fight, but a group of Ja­panese Bea­tles fans have lost their bid to get po­lice to hand over his­toric footage of the band’s 1966 Ja­pan visit. The superfans took their bat­tle for the film – recorded by po­lice as a se­cu­rity mea­sure – all the way to Ja­pan’s supreme court, ar­gu­ing that the images were a “his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ment”. Po­lice had of­fered to re­lease the footage – re­port­edly about 35 min­utes long – but only af­ter blur­ring the faces of ev­ery­one in it ex­cept The Bea­tles, cit­ing pri­vacy rea­sons. Two lower courts backed the po­lice against a group of cit­i­zens from Nagoya who wanted the en­tire film re­leased un­cen­sored, say­ing it would be al­most im­pos­si­ble to iden­tify peo­ple in the footage more than 50 years later. But the long and wind­ing le­gal bat­tle ended last week when the supreme court re­jected their ar­gu­ment, the group an­nounced. The Bea­tles toured Ja­pan only once, play­ing five con­certs, and were fol­lowed across the coun­try by le­gions of scream­ing fans.

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