Michael Jacobs is quoted in The Recorder’s article “Paul's Case Isn't Dead, McCartney Lawyers Say”, providing additional information to Morrison & Foerster representing Paul McCartney in a law suit against Sony/ATV over copyright interests in The Beatles’ songs featured in this Law360 article, “Paul McCartney Tells Sony To 'Let It Be' Over Early Work.”
Paul McCartney and the present owners of his Beatles songs are saying a lot of "Hello, Goodbye" lately.
Morrison & Foerster partner Michael Jacobs suggested in Wednesday's filing that McCartney is eager to license his songs to third parties now. "Sony/ATV is using the threat of litigation to limit McCartney's negotiation options," Jacobs writes. "The court should put an end to these tactics."
Jacobs argues that the English court ruled in the Duran Duran case that the band's lawyers had not properly admitted evidence about U.S. copyright law. "The issue here is McCartney's rights under the U.S. Copyright Act," Jacobs writes. "No court is more competent than this court to rule on that question."
McCartney is represented by Michael A. Jacobs, Roman Swoopes, J. Alexander Lawrence and Paul Goldstein of Morrison & Foerster LLP and John L. Eastman and Lee V. Eastman of Eastman & Eastman.