A mysterious YouTube account posted on New Year’s Eve and then hid 75 rare unreleased Rolling Stones songs. The move is thought to circumvent european copyright laws and prevent the songs from entering the public domain 50 years after their creation. YouTube account 69RSTRAX briefly posted the songs on YouTube on December 31, and on January 1st they were made private and no longer available to the public.
The 69RSTRAX account was opened on December 29 and there is no clue that it has any connection to ABKCO, the owner of the early Rolling Stones song.
Under European copyright law, a record is protected for 50 years after it is made, and a further 20 years can be extended if the record is legally distributed to the public.
So by the end of 2019, ABKCO faces the challenge of using or losing copyright. But it is unclear whether it complies with European copyright law for only one day of distribution on video-sharing sites.