Paul McCartney sues Sony to get back 267 Beatles songs

Katie RamirezJan 20, 2017

Paul McCartney has filed a federal lawsuit against Sony/ATV, claiming ownership to songs he wrote with the Beatles.

TMZ reports that the songs include "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Love Me Do" and "All You Need Is Love".

Jackson bought shares in Sony/ATV, which were sold back to the company by his estate as a bundle for $750 million - including numerous Beatles tracks.

Sony/ATV acquired the rights from Michael Jackson's estate a year ago as part of a deal reportedly worth $750 million. However, the company has refused to acknowledge his rights, hence the new lawsuit. Duran Duran filed theirs in the United Kingdom where the court stated Enlglish contractual laws hold more power than American termination laws and resulted in a Sony/ATV win.

Paul McCartney's lawsuit against Sony/ATV to regain control of the songs he wrote with John Lennon in the 1960s has a lot to do with how Duran Duran lost its fight for its songs from the '80s.

Next year will mark 56 years, the timeframe spelled out in the US Copyright Act, since the Beatles released their first single, "Love Me Do", in 1962.

Sony/ATV said the lawsuit was "unnecessary and premature".

Duran Duran, which had hits in the 1980s with "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf", tried unsuccessfully to reclaim copyrights under a different but similar provision of USA copyright law.

McCartney's legal team includes NY entertainment lawyer John Eastman, a longtime representative who was the brother of the singer's late wife Linda McCartney.

His lawyers have repeatedly asked Sony/ATV to acknowledge his rights to terminate copyright - but the company has declined to do so, it continued.

However, in a crucial legal victory for publishers, a British court in December previous year refused to grant United Kingdom group Duran Duran the U.S. rights to its songs from Sony/ATV on the grounds that the group members' agreements were governed by English law.

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