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Paul McCartney V. Michael Jackson ALMOST Over: The Beatles' Copyrights To Revert In 2018!

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Paul McCartney has waited almost 30 years to Get Back the copyrights to songs he wrote for The Beatles.

Now, only FIVE more years to Let It Be, and the whole debacle will be Yesterday.

Much of The Beatles catalogue has been owned by Michael Jackson, now his estate, posthumously, since 1985, when the King of Pop reportedly paid $47.5 million for the Associated Television Corporation’s back catalog, which held hundreds of Beatles songs.

So not only has Paul been unable to cash in on his musical GENIUS for decades now, he has had to PAY MJ any time he wants to play a song he wrote!

Says a source:

"Paul's been fuming for decades. It's as much personal as business. Now he'll get back what's rightfully his."

In 2005, MJ sold half the rights to Sony Music for $95 million, but under the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act, all songs written prior to 1978 revert to their writers after 56 years, which will be 2018 for Paul.

The two pop legends recorded The Girl Is Mine together in 1982 for Michael’s Thriller album, but for obvious reasons, the personal and professional partnership didn’t last, though by Michael’s death in 2009, Paul reportedly had decided I Feel Fine about the whole ordeal.

We’re happy Paul is getting his songs back soon! It’s nice to see an artist and his art Come Together after sooooooooo long!

[Image via Ramey Pix.]

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19 comments to “Paul McCartney V. Michael Jackson ALMOST Over: The Beatles' Copyrights To Revert In 2018!”

  1. 123 says – reply to this


    So Paul is now a martyr of the evil MJ? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! If Sir Paul wanted his music he could buy it.

  2. r0bz says – reply to this


    meanwhile everybody already has the songs on the phones and computers FOR FREE

  3. clueless says – reply to this


    Please stop re-reporting internet hoaxes and unsubstantiated claims in articles of unknown origin. I can assure you that the Jackson Estate and all other publishers and copyright HOLDERS will retain ownership of the intended works for a duration of 75 years after the life of the author before they are released to the public domain. There are no provisions in any US or international copyright laws that allow ownership to be returned to the original creator after 56 years. If an Author signs his rights away, then they are gone forever unless the author buys them back or can prove in court that they were taken deceptively.

  4. G says – reply to this


    The dumbass should have just bought his music the first time around when he was given the chance but was too cheap to do so. He has no one but himself to blame for his unhappiness about his songs.

  5. 5


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  6. 6

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  7. 7

    he had the chance to buy it when it was up for sale. same as jackson.


  8. 8

    You've got it all wrong, sorry. MJ doesn't own McCartney's songwriting rights but publishing rights. There is a huge difference. And second of all, McCartney bitched about Michael owning the publishing rights but it's only his own fault he didn't buy them. It went on sale twice and McCartney didn't want to pay $20 mil when it went for sale the first time. He asked Yoko Ono to join him but she didn't want to. Michael checked with his lawyer and McCartney's lawyer to see if he was going to bid on it the second time and he didn't. So MJ bought it for $48 mil and now it's worth $1 billion. I bet he's kicking himself in the ass, still.

  9. BP says – reply to this


    Oh please, PEREZ!!!!

    What will happen in 2018? Paul McCartney will likely start taking back his rights to the songs he wrote with John Lennon=156 songs. He has his own publishing company, MPL.

    Eventually he’ll get back everything Michael Jackson got when he bought the Beatles catalog in 1984. Jackson’s big Beatles part will be over by 2026. The loser could be Sony/ATV EMI Music, unless they can strike a deal with McCartney to continue administering the songs and taking fees.

    The Lennon estate has already worked out a deal to stay with Sony/ATV even after 2018 kicks in. In that case, McCartney will be connected to the company anyway.

    PS: Michael never sold his 50% of ATV to Sony - in 2005, they merged together their business matters in 1995 to establish the Sony/ATV Music Publishich Company!

  10. BP says – reply to this


    Sony/ATV EMI Music Publishing Company IS NOT THE BEATLES CATALOGUE.
    Sony/ATV EMI MPC is now the BIGGEST music publishing company consisting of more than 2 million songs, of which only the 156 Beatles songs are…. part of it.
    Sony/ATV EMI is now valued at 3 billion…, and they say MJ was broke…?

  11. MichJB says – reply to this


    That was the single worst business decision made by anyone in the music business. To allow your genius to be controlled by a child molesting freak show is unthinkable.

  12. mapine says – reply to this


    I hate MJ!

  13. bobl says – reply to this


    Re: DrSusanHarmony – He and Yoko both tried to buy their rights back, but were still out bid by MJ. Had Paul not opened his mouth to Michael about their songs coming up for sale, he probably would've gotten them back. I don't feel sorry for Paul though, as he's bought up A Lot of other songs by other composers and has made a large fortune because of it.

  14. bobl says – reply to this


    Re: G – you are absolutely correct. This is one fictitious story if there ever was one. And how did they arrive at "56 years"? 2018 minus 1978 is only 40 years anyway. What a load of BS!!

  15. suck dick says – reply to this


    Re: bobl – beatles first album released 1963

  16. MJfan says – reply to this


    Re: MichJB

    You are the freak show dummy.You are a sad individual.

  17. Evey says – reply to this


    Re: G – Shut up you worthless piece of shit!

  18. david says – reply to this


    Check out new Paul McCartney Photos from his headlining performance at this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival.

  19. Michelle says – reply to this


    Re: suck dick – Anytime BEFORE 1978, not just 1978!