Paul McCartney tries to win back the rights to The Beatles songs from Sony

Paul McCartney appealed to the district court of new York with a lawsuit against the record company Sony/ATV in an attempt to reclaim the copyrights on a substantial number of Beatles songs, writes Interfax-Ukraine.

The statement of claim says that McCartney and John Lennon had transferred the rights to songs written in collaboration in the period from 1962 to 1971, various publishers including ATV.

In late 1984, the Australian billionaire Robert Holmes put a number of songs for sale. McCartney discussed the possibility of buying the entire catalog from Michael Jackson, but Jackson outbid other offers and bought the rights to the songs, including Yesterday, Hey Jude and Let It Be, for 47.5 million dollars. Then he separated them with Sony/ATV.

Jackson died in 2009, and last year the rights to these songs completely moved to Sony, which bought out the share of Jackson’s Sony/ATV from the heirs of the singer, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

McCartney in 2008 repeatedly set Sony/ATV notified of the intention to return the rights to a number of songs. The lawsuit alleges that Sony has consistently refused to recognize his claim.

Sony/ATV claim McCartney called «unnecessary and premature», reports the BBC. According to U.S. law, copyright 1976, the author can regain the rights in a work created before 1978 after 56 years since the inception of the original copyright.

In the case of Sony/ATV McCartney can regain the rights to the first song Love Me Do in October 2018, and others — in the period up to 2026.

In December last year, the group Duran Duran lost a similar legal dispute, the company Gloucester Place Music that belongs to Sony/ATV and failed to return the copyright to the songs included in the first three albums.




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