By: Renee Grant
In another strange turn of events in the saga that is Sir Paul McCartney and the fight for the rights his songs, Sony has asked a Manhattan judge to dismiss his suit over the rights to the music he wrote with John Lennon because of another pending case they have with Duran Duran.
Duran Duran is also seeking copyrights to their first three albums, along with A View to a Kill, the 1985 James Bond film title track. An English court ruled that their notices over their copyrights to Sony/ATV’s Gloucester Place Music Ltd. was considered to be a breach of contract. Duran Duran is currently appealing that decision.
Lawyers for Sony/ATV say that McCartney is “forum shopping” and asked that his case be tossed until Duran Duran’s appeal is settled.
McCartney is fighting for the songs that were infamously acquired by Michael Jackson in 1985, which reverted to Sony after Jackson’s death in 2009.
Manhattan federal court Judge Edgardo Ramos is set to hear arguments in the case on April 5th.