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KFIX Rock News: Paul McCartney To Regain Right’s To Beatles Songs

paulmikeThanks to the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act, Paul McCartney may soon regain the publishing rights to many Beatles songs that he lost to Michael Jackson years ago.

The UK’s Daily Mail notes that, “Sir Paul was furious when his former friend Michael Jackson outbid him to buy the Associated Television Corporation (ATV)’s back catalogue, which includes The Beatles’ tracks, in 1985.”

Sony later paid Michael $95 million for 50 per cent of the rights.

The 1976 U.S. Copyright Act stipulates that the rights to any songs written before 1978 will return to the songwriter after 56 years.

In five more years that will entitle McCartney to regain ownership of many Beatles tunes including “Yesterday” and “Let It Be.”

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