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Paul McCartney has long wanted to reclaim ownership of his share of the copyrights to “Love Me Do,” “Ticket to Ride” and numerous other Beatles hits he co-wrote with John Lennon. McCartney now relies on the provision of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §304(c), that allows some copyright assignments by authors such as himself to be terminated 56 years after a copyright was secured.
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