Paul McCartney Suing Sony Over Beatles Music
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:08:08
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Paul McCartney has filed a federal lawsuit against Sony/ATV, claiming ownership to songs he wrote with the Beatles. A representative for McCartney said that the paperwork, filed in a U.S. District Court in New York, is meant "to confirm his ownership" of his songs "which are granted to him by US copyright law." The singer-songwriter hopes to regain his copyrights to songs such as "Yesterday," "Hey Jude" and "The Long and Winding Road" in October 2018.
McCartney's legal team is citing the 1976 Copyright Act that says that the rights to works made before 1978 must be returned to their creators 56 years after the date of the original copyright. 2018 will mark 56 years since Lennon and McCartney first starting writing songs together in 1962.
A representative for the publishing company told Rolling Stone, "Sony/ATV has the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon and McCartney song catalog. We have collaborated closely with both Sir Paul and the late John Lennon's Estate for decades to protect, preserve and promote the catalog's long-term value. We are disappointed that they have filed this lawsuit which we believe is both unnecessary and premature."
Recently McCartney turned up for the final bash at Obama's White House. He made his appearance alongside a variety of famous artists, including Beyonce, Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen and many others.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff