For songs written before 1978, the U.S. Copyright Act provides songwriters with the ability to recapture the publishers’ rights to their songs after two consecutive 28-year terms, or 56 years. For songs written during or after 1978, the law allows writers to recapture publishing rights after 35 years. In December 2015, Paul McCartney filed with the US Copyright Office a notice to reclaim rights to 32 songs in the Lennon-McCartney catalog, which reach the 56-year mark in 2018.
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