Paul McCartney applies to get back his Beatles song rights

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Paul McCartney wants something really bad. The former Beatle wants his music back.

McCartney wants to "get back" his original Beatles publishing rights.

The prolific singer-songwriter filed papers with the US Copyright Office to reclaim his publishing ownership last December.

McCartney and Beatles co-founder John Lennon had lost their publishing rights back in 1969 and tried unsuccessfully to get them back.

With Lennon's death in 1980, reclaiming the rights became even more complicated.

Ironically, McCartney had told his friend Michael Jackson all about the benefits of publishing rights ownership. Then, Jackson turned around and purchased the Beatles catalog rights in 1985 for an estimated $48 Million.

McCartney was not happy with Jackson, and their friendship went south after that.

So, fast-forward decades later to Michael Jackson's estate selling off his 50 percent stake of song rights for $750 Million to Sony / ATV Music, and now Sony owns 100 percent of the song rights.

Meanwhile, in London this week, the Beatles' very first record sold at auction for $110,000, which included Lennon's very first song called "Hello Little Girl."

But after going over half a century without owning the rights to his own songs, McCartney is still fighting back.

And he just may win this time, or he'll "let it be."

 

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