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Paul McCartney's recommended delay

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:56

Sony/ATV tells the singer he should wait to regain ownership of Beatles songs. Alicia Powell reports.

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Paul Mccartney's potential hold. The singer has waited decades to reclaim ownership of hundreds of the Beatles' songs and Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC says he should wait a little longer rather than continue his U.S. lawsuit. In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, a lawyer for Sony/ATV said the publisher has never challenged the validity of McCartney's notices to terminate its copyrights in the songs, starting in October 2018. As a result, McCartney's lawsuit "impermissibly seeks an advisory opinion on a hypothetical claim" and should be dismissed for the time being, a lawyer wrote. McCartney, was outbid in 1985 for the rights to songs credited to him and John Lennon such as "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" by pop star Michael Jackson. The rights were rolled a decade later into Sony/ATV, a joint venture with Sony Corp. Jackson's estate sold its stake in that venture to Sony for $750 million last year. McCartney sued months after a British court rejected similar claims against Sony/ATV's Gloucester Place Music unit by Duran Duran, saying the pop group's contracts were governed by English law and barred members from reclaiming their songs. Lawyers say McCartney's claims are also governed by English law, and he should wait for Duran Duran to finish its appeal rather than engage in "forum shopping" in the United States. A U.S. judge is scheduled to consider the defendant's letter at an April 5 conference, ahead of an expected formal motion to dismiss McCartney's lawsuit. Lawyers for McCartney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Paul McCartney's recommended delay

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:56