Two small independent labels have reissued The Beatles track ‘Love Me Do’ after its copyright lapsed at the end of last year.

The song, which was the group’s first ever single, turns 50 this year – which also means it enters the public domain.

Digital Remasterings were the first to take the opportunity, including it in a compilation of early Beatles recordings and rarities while another company, Pristine Classical, specialists in out-of-copyright recordings, have also released a remastered version.

The Intellectual Property Office have recently opened a consultation on extending the copyright law to a term of 70 years.