Paul McCartney Files Lawsuit Seeking to Get Back Beatles Copyrights from Sony/ATV

Sony/ATV was established as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson.

Under copyright law, creators who sold copyrights before 1976 have a right to reclaim them at a certain point.

The lawsuit claims that McCartney has been serving notices of his intention to reclaim them to the current owners of the copyrights since 2008, and is expecting to have these copyrights returned to him beginning in October 5, 2018.

In response to the lawsuit, Sony/ATV has issued a statement maintaining that it "has the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon & McCartney song catalog," while adding, "We are disappointed that they have filed this lawsuit which we believe is both unnecessary and premature."