Early songs by the Fab Four are picked up by indie publisher in the latest opportunistic move as great pop classics increasingly come up for copyright termination.

Downtown Music Publishing now has another trophy in its portfolio: It just acquired five songs from the Beatles, the most storied name in rock'n'roll history.

In a deal with the estate of John Lennon, Downtown will now serve as North American administrator for the first two Beatles singles, which consisted of four songs: "Please Please Me," "Ask Me Why," "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You." The deal also includes the band's lone post-breakup song, "Free as a Bird."

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