According to a new report from Rolling Stone, McCartney has filed the paperwork for this suit in order to confirm his ownership of certain Beatles songs that are guaranteed to him by U.S. copyright laws. These songs include hits like “Yesterday,” “The Long and Winding Road,” and “Hey Jude.”
The lawsuits claims that McCartney has been filing similar claims since 2008, citing the 1976 copyright act that says the rights to works created before 1978 must be returned to their original creators after 56 years from the date listed on the copyright. 2018 will be 56 years from the first year McCartney and John Lennon first started writing music together.
While there were rumors that Michael Jackson, who outbid McCartney for a large share of the Beatles catalog, would leave McCartney the Beatles songs in his will, McCartney himself has confirmed this was completely false and he never believed Jackson would, nor did it actually happen.