The Beatles, especially Harrison, are an interesting case of reciprocity between fair use and the amassing of possession and wealth. "We were the biggest nickers in town; plagiarists extraordinaire," says Paul McCartney (Musician, Feb. 1985, p. 62). He owns one of the world's most expensive song catalogs, including a couple of state anthems. John Lennon incorporated collage techniques onto pieces like "Revolution 9," which contains dozens of looped, unauthorized fragments taped from radio and television broadcasts. George obviously wasn't "subconsciously" plagiarizing in the case of his LP Electronic Sound. This release consisted of nothing more than a tape of a demonstration electronic musician Bernie Krause had given Harrison on the then-new Moog synthesizer.
Krause: "I asked him if he thought it was fair that I wasn't asked to share in the disc's credits and royalties. His answer was to trust him, that I shouldn't come on like Marlon Brando, that his name alone on the album would do my career good, and that if the album sold, he would give me `a couple of quid.'" The record was released with George's name in big letters, while Krause's was obscured.