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Paul McCartney sues Sony for Beatles song rights

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Published : Jan 20, 2017, 7:10 am IST
Updated : Jan 20, 2017, 7:26 am IST

Michael Jackson purchased the rights to several Beatles songs, including Hey Jude and Yesterday.

Paul McCartney
 Paul McCartney

Los Angeles: Singer Paul McCartney is suing label executives at Sony/ATV to regain the rights to The Beatles song catalogue. The musician filed the suit in New York and is seeking a declaratory judgement that restores his ownership to the songs he created as part of the band, said The Hollywood Reporter.

McCartney is utilising the US Copyright Act for the case, which allows artists who signed over the rights to their work the power to renegotiate the terms of the agreement after 35 years have passed. In the 80s, Michael Jackson purchased the rights to several Beatles songs, including Hey Jude and Yesterday, and later struck a joint venture arrangement with Sony or ATV. His estate officials sold off ownership of the tracks to Sony.

 

Tags: paul mccartney, the beatles, michael jackson
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