bt Kaja Whitehouse, New York Post
Music publishing giant Sony/ATV just told Paul McCartney that The Beatles have to take a number — behind Duran Duran!
Sony/ATV asked a Manhattan federal judge to dismiss McCartney’s lawsuit over the rights to a catalog of songs he created with John Lennon — saying the surviving half of the world’s most famous song-writing duo is trying to jump the line in an issue that is still being hashed out in England.
That case involves the ’80s band Duran Duran, which is also seeking copyrights to its first three albums along with “A View to a Kill,” the 1985 James Bond film title track.
But the “Hungry Like a Wolf” singers hit a snag in their case after an English court determined that their notices over their copyrights to Sony/ATV’s Gloucester Place Music Ltd. constituted a breach of contract.
The pop group is appealing the decision.
Lawyers for Sony/ATV accused McCartney, 74, of “forum shopping” and requested that the former member of the Beatles’ case be tossed until Duran Duran’s appeal is settled.
McCartney sued Sony/ATV in January over copyrights famously bought by Michael Jackson in 1985, including “Love Me Do,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “All You Need Is Love,” and then transferred to Sony/ATV.
Like Duran Duran, McCartney had been regularly notifying Sony/ATV of his desire to collect on those rights and now wants an American judge to rule that those attempts would not represent a breach of contract with the publisher.
Manhattan federal court Judge Edgardo Ramos is expected to hear arguments in the case on April 5th.