Paul McCartney sues Sony in an attempt to regain rights to Beatles songs

Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing in an attempt to regain the rights to songs written by him and John Lennon, according to multiple reports.

The rights of the songs in question were purchased by Michael Jackson in 1985. Jackson’s estate sold his 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV, which held rights to the songs, back to Sony in 2016 for $750 million.

U.S. law says the rights of songs made before 1978 must be returned to the original creator 56 years after they were first copyrighted, which means McCartney is looking to regain ownership of the songs in 2018. The songs in question were written with Lennon from 1962 to 1971. McCartney is also hoping to avoid getting caught up in U.K. courts, which ruled in favor of Sony in December in a lawsuit involving Duran Duran, saying that U.K. contract interpretation took precedence over the U.S. law McCartney is using to try to regain the rights to the songs.

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Click here for more at the Hollywood Reporter as well as a copy of the lawsuit.

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