Sir Paul McCartney Is Suing Sony Over The Right To His Beatles Songs
Legendary singer Sir Paul McCartney is facing one of the biggest lawsuits that the music industry has ever seen.
He is currently suing music production company Sony for their ownership of a huge collection of songs that he wrote for iconic British group The Beatles.
The star, who first rose to fame through rock band The Beatles in the 1960s, has taken the case to US court after Sony reportedly own the rights to 267 classic Beatles songs.
McCartney has actually been trying to regain the rights to the songs since the 1980s when Michael Jackson publicly out bid him.
In 2016, Jackon’s estate sold the ownership of the songs to the Sony corporation as a way of recovering from their debt.
Sir Paul filed the legal case against Sony in a court in Manhattan on Wednesday January 18 over ‘copyright termination’, which gives authors the opportunity to reclaim the right to their songs once a certain amount of time has passed.
Other world renowned artists such as Prince, Billy Joel and Blondie have all successfully sued for copyright termination over the years, and Mr McCartney is hoping to be added to the list of successes.
The English singer-songwriter wants a ‘quiet, unclouded title to his rights’ even though Sony have hit back saying Paul’s choice to sue them is disappointing and ‘unnecessary’.
The former Beatles singer is worried that Duran Duran’s failure to win the same fight in court will go against him.
Duran Duran tried to win a similar case in the US court but lost their battle due to the contracts they’d signed in the UK overruling what could be done in the US.
The US law states that publishing companies can retain the rights to songs after 56 years, meaning famous hits such as ‘Come Together’ may not be owned by Sir Paul McCartney until 2025.
McCartney wants to retrieve ownership of his songs as well as the legal fees he’s paid out in order to make this case happen.
Sony’s statement on the matter claimed:
“[We have] the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon and McCartney song catalogue”.
It added: “We have collaborated closely with both Sir Paul and the late John Lennon’s Estate for decades to protect, preserve and promote the catalogue’s long-term value.