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2002-Dec-18: No Law Suit After All

Updated December 30.  Today Sir Paul spoke out on the McCartney-Lennon credits issue saying:
"I think it is fair and accurate for the songs that John declared were mine to carry my name first.  This isn't anything I'm going to lose any sleep over, nor is it anything that will cause litigation. But it seems to be harmless to me, after more than 30 years of it being the other way.

"The truth is that this is much ado about nothing and there is no need for anybody to get their knickers in a twist."

Earlier, Yoko Ono let it be known through her spokesman, Elliot Mintz,  that, "There's no question this is an attempted act of Beatle revisionism and it does appear to be an attempt to rewrite history."  In spite of this, it appears that there will be no legal action taken against Sir Paul for his decision to "rectify the historical imbalance" on the song writing credits of his new album  (see Dec 15).   However Mr. Mintz noted that Ms. Ono was "feeling secure in the fact that the original Lennon-McCartney agreement still stands."

Yoko Ono's lawyer, Peter Shukat, has told BBC News Online, "I don't think anybody ever said Yoko was going to sue Paul."

The recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine quotes Yoko Ono as saying:

 "John and Paul often disagreed on which songs were written by whom.  If John were here now, they could fight it out, or maybe they could never agree. But the important point is that John has to be here. He is not."
Sir Paul's spokesman, Geoff Baker, also believes that no legal action will be taken because  Sir Paul and Ms. Ono own an equal share in Apple Records, and thus one partner would not sue another.  He added:
"Have we had any legal letters? Absolutely not, it's not true. I don't know whether she [Yoko Ono] is happy about it or not, but there can't be any legal action."
Mr. Baker also said that Sir Paul and John Lennon agreed in 1962 that the names could be arranged in any order, adding:
"It's not demeaning John. It's not taking anything away from John, it's merely pointing out who did the body of the work on certain songs, just so people know."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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