‘You Never Give Me Your Money’: Paul McCartney sues Sony over ownership of Beatles songs

INDIO, CA - OCTOBER 15: Musician Paul McCartney performs during Desert Trip at The Empire Polo Club on October 15, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Desert Trip)

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Including ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’

INDIO, CA – OCTOBER 15: Musician Paul McCartney performs during Desert Trip at The Empire Polo Club on October 15, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Desert Trip)

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.
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