Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Give Macca His Songs Back

They're Paul's songs, so give them back already:

Paul McCartney is suing Sony/ATV Music Publishing over 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 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 surrender the songs without dispute.
In a statement to Pitchfork, a spokesperson for Paul McCartney 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.”

Enough is enough. Let Paul have his songs, let the estate of John Lennon have his songs, let George's songs go to his family, and let Ringo have what belongs to him and let's be done with this. Sony/ATV should have all of these copyrights stripped away so that the artists can own their own music again. The fact that McCartney hasn't had a say in the ownership of his own music is a terrible, terrible stain on the corporate side of the music business. The record companies have squeezed every dime out of the Beatles that they could.

It's been fifty years--that's enough exploitation of the artist. There should be a twenty-five year limit to this sort of thing--once that threshold is crossed, everything the artist created becomes their fucking property.

Let it go.

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