Paul McCartney sues Sony in Beatles copyright dispute

Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing in the hope of winning back the ownership of several Beatles songs.

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

They were famously purchased by the late Michael Jackson when he outbid McCartney $41.5m for The Beatles’ ATV Music catalogue in 1985.

The Jackson estate sold its stake in the collection to Sony/ATV for $750 million last year.

According to McCartney, he will legally reacquire the songs in 2018 – but Sony had not confirmed whether they will hand over the songs without dispute.

In a statement to Pitchfork, a spokesperson for the legendary singer/songwriter said: “Paul McCartney has today filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York against Sony/ATV to confirm his ownership in his US reversionary copyrights, which are granted to him by US copyright law, in the songs he wrote with John Lennon and recorded with The Beatles.

“The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and bears the case no. 17cv363.”

As previously reported, 74-year-old McCartney saw in the New Year with an unexpected appearance on stage with Las Vegas indie band The Killers.

Brandon Flowers’ band were performing in St. Barts for Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich when Macca made a surprise appearance.

McCartney joined The Killers on stage for a rendition of Helter Skelter.

 

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