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Report: Paul McCartney could regain rights to Beatles songs
By Todd Cunningham
TheWrap

The rights to the rich songbook of the Beatles could wind up back in the hands of Paul McCartney – but he’ll have to wait five years.

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The late Michael Jackson owned about half of the copyrights to a large portion of the Beatles’ songs, with Sony/ATV Music Publishing holding the remainder. However, McCartney can regain the rights held by Jackson, according to a report from the music site Fader.

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The U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 enables songwriters to regain control of publishing rights on pre-1978 compositions after 56 years. That means that the former Beatle will be able to regain control over the band's compositions from 1962 in 2018 and songs from 1970 in 2026.

McCartney, who just turned 71, only has to wait until he is 76.

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Aug 22, 2013 7:41AM
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all the beatles were was POP musicians, never rockers like the Stones.  after a while the got lazy and made such overly produced tunes that they could never reproduce the sound live so they stopped touring.  that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy their work.
Aug 22, 2013 7:35AM
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poor paul,  he needs the money so badly.  maybe we could take up a collection for him.  better yet, pay a minimum of $200/ seat to see a has been!!!
Aug 21, 2013 2:24PM
Aug 13, 2013 5:09AM
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Paul lost a TON of money on women in his life, no matter how many tons he's worth. I never lost a dime ! This makes me a moron ? It tells me you haven't a clue what you talking about & yes people like him, Johnny Carson etc that pay through the **** are loser's in the women dept. Any one with that much money that that signs a marriage contract is not stupid there VERY STUPID ! Now put your head back up your **** where it belongs.

Larry 

Aug 12, 2013 2:46PM
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IThe real question  is: Who cares about a bunch of Hippies singing a drug induced song about "Living in a Yellow Submarine"? They should have sent the whole bunch of them back to England.
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