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PAUL MCCARTNEY SUES TO GET BEATLES SONGS BACK
Friday, Jan 20, 2017

All you need is love … and a good lawyer.

Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit to regain the rights to over 200 Beatles songs.

The music legend is taking Sony/ATV Music Publishing to court over songs he wrote or co-wrote with John Lennon. Included are such iconic hits as “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The 74-year-old has been trying to get the rights back ever since Sony/ATV took control of the songs after Michael Jackson‘s family sold their 50% stake in the music for $750 million.

Back in 1985, Jackson outbid McCartney for the rights by shelling out over $41 million.

McCartney is using the Copyright Act of 1976 as the basis to obtain the rights to the music.

Under the 1976 act, a songwriter is able to reclaim copyright over any of their music that has been sold or transferred to third parties after a 56-year period.

With that in mind, the Beatle star is hoping to regain ownership of music from 1962 – songs like “Love Me Do” – beginning next year. He would continue to get ownership of the songs as each reaches the 56-year threshold.

Get back to where you once belonged, indeed!

 

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