Paul McCartney sues for rights to songs he wrote with John Lennon

-Paul McCartney wants the rights to his songs back - and he's doing everything he can to ensure that his latest opportunity to reclaim them doesn't slip through his fingers. Sony/ATV said it was "disappointed" by the lawsuit, calling it "both unnecessary and premature".

McCartney is a minority shareholder in Sony/ATV rival Kobalt, which prides itself on allowing creators to hold on to their own copyrights.

Sony/ATV "gave no indication ... that they contested the efficacy of Paul McCartney's termination notices", for years after they were sent, the lawsuit said.

Bandier ran into McCartney's lawyer Lee Eastman after Duran Duran lost its case in December and said McCartney would "need to discuss how to handle his copyrights" in view of the decision, McCartney says in his suit filed in federal court in NY.

Love Me Do will be the first song eligible to be claimed back in October 2018, with the rest of the collection's time limits elapsing at various dates ending in 2026. The former band member wanted to reclaim the rights for numerous songs that was part of the Beatles song catalog.

McCartney has reason to worry, given that Duran Duran fought and lost a similar fight with Sony/ATV last December.

McCartney is citing the 1976 Copyright Act, which outlines that rights to music made before 1978 must be returned to the original composers 56 years after the date of the original copyright.

The copyright law in question that Paul McCartney hopes to use to his advantage is the U.S.

McCartney's complaint argued the signed publishing agreements are unlawful and unenforceable. Duran Duran were therefore unable to rely upon this United States law.

McCartney's attorneys are suing for assurances that Sony/ATV will not take legal action against him, regardless of the outcome of the Duran Duran case.

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