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Anka Gets 50% of Publishing Rights

10/12/2009 8:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paul AnkaMichael Jackson's estate just got a partner it didn't bank on -- because we've just learned Paul Anka is now a 50% partner in the publishing rights to "This Is It."

Anka will get other profits as well, but the publishing rights are usually the big ticket item, and sources say Michael Jackson's estate has agreed Anka gets 50%.

It's amazing ... when Paul Anka woke up this morning he had no idea he'd get the same cut as Jackson's estate. Sadly for Sony ... they didn't know either.

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31.

whats up Doctors    

Posted at 8:05PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Scott



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Scott are you OK? After reading your post, I started to worry about you. A lot of it didn't make sense, just like a kind of rambling ,not to be rude, but just checking on you.

1734 days ago
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janalal4    

#29-THAT is the 'truth'!

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33.

hottopics    

More incompetence in MJ's life. Those attorneys should be fired.

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34.

janalal4    

31. Actually, the song is not that great. If I were Paul, I wouldn't ge around bragging that I wrote it. Obviously Michael wasn't too crazy about it.

Posted at 8:22PM on Oct 12th 2009 by truth



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Now THAT is the 'truth', truth!

1734 days ago
35.

a fan    

Paul had the estate by the ____ because the cds are already made the movie is already made. They had no recourse but to give him whatever he wanted and shut him up before he made any more negative publicity. It should NEVER have been released. It is Branca and McClains fault not Sony unless they created the song as employees of Sony istead of employees of the estate. McClain produced the song for Sony. Branca was responsible for the copyright checking. I wonder if you can sue the trustees of your estate for messing up>

1734 days ago
36.

Vince    

Before everyone flies off the handle thinking MJ's being ripped off, you need to understand how royalties get paid.
First off any royalty Sony owes MJ's estate for each record sold still goes 100% to the estate.
Songwriting and Publishing royalties are set in stone .0910 cents per cd or dowload sold. This gets split 50/50 between the songwriter and publisher and is paid by the record company from their money. Since this song was already released by another artist in the past all of this should be automatic, but since they gave the song a new title Paul had to make sure they got the credits right and it seems now they have done that, happens all the time no biggy.
Where things could get sticky is there is a different setup for using the song in the movie, this needs to be negotiated, again any payments don't affect what MJ's estate will get for the movie only the writing/publishing for that song. Technically Paul could demand a large amount of money, but since the movie's not out and the song still could get cut out I think he'll be reasonable.

1734 days ago
37.

ladyaquarius    

Oh good grief...Since the song was obviously co-written by Anka, he's entitled to a portion of the royalties plain and simple. BIG friggin' deal. I will say this though, I've never heard the original version of the song "I Never Heard". Jackson's team sounds like they're trying to work with Anka, but he's in search of the proverbial "more." (Go figure...) Sorry, but strap yourselves in because it all sounds like it's anything and everything to stir up a hornet's nest yet some more. Now inserting boos and hisses. Geez...

1734 days ago
38.

FFJ    

This must be the quickest settlement ever!! When faced with the facts unfortunately Sony and Co have come unstook, fortunately we have now seen the greed and leeching for ourselves.

MJ historically recorded every facet of his life, be it photos, video, music. He would have made this demo to go in his private collection because he co-wrote it.. it was never intended for release..just an archive of a song he co-wrote, if he ever would have thought of releasing it, he would have agreed first with Paul Anka, because as you know MJ was one of the most sued artistes regarding songs. So i know he would have dont the right thing. He never intended to release it.

Randy Jackson gave this song to John Mclain to hand over to Sony, apparently he found it in a box, saw This Is It and thought $$$$. John Mclain tried to get MJ back with his bros in 01/02' when he was assisting MJs manager at that time. MJ obviously wouldnt agree to ever do anything with his bros again. Mclain being a friend of Randy got the deal for the bros to sing backup on the Sony released single.. MJ would never have allowed this and they knew it, but that didnt matter cos the $$$ is talking.

This song was obviously took without Randy Jackson, John Mclain, and Sony having the background knowledge of it..They stole the song from Michaels archive.

Therefore i have a question for Randy Jackson, seeing as you was at the Holmby Hills residence on the day MJ died, was it you who stole MJs hardrive, while Dr. Tohmme fired the staff and took the surveillance camera footage, is the hardrive really where the song was found and not a box???

Like iv said all day on here see the This is it single thread, the song and its release, the way it is presented is against everything Michael Jackson was. It was never intended for release, just to be archived in MJs personal historical references of himself. Its all about the $$$$ a quick one at that and tarnishing the name of Michael Jackson in the process.

No wonder John Mclain is panicking offering Anka anything he wants. Of course they just want it to go away. Randy Jackson, John Mclain and Sony are the thieves not Michael Jackson.
Can no one see the ploy of Sony and crew, they knew this song would get slated because its a demo..they want to tarnish MJ all over again.. Remember MJs sony speech...but $$$ screams at these people, they want the estate to stay in debt so when that catalogue is up for review we know where its going to go...Pay attention folks.
Bet Randy Jackson is sweating!!

I hope Michael is orchestrating this from the heavens, he always said he would outthink them, looks like Sony and Co are being shown for the greedy robbing underhanded crooks they really are.


Seems to me karma is a bitch!!

1734 days ago
39.

truth    

So does anyone think that Michael never intended to use this song, that he co-wrote it for Anka's use?

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40.

janalal4    

I don't think MJ ever intended for this song to see the light of day.

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41.

Iluvmj4ever    

I was right!! He did this so he could have money and have publicity at the same time!! They Should leave Michael alone, He's not here with us to argue this!! He probably didn't even know that the song "THIS IS IT" was going to be out for everyone to listen to!! LEAVE MICHAEL AND HIS CAREER AND HIS FAMILY ALONE!! ALL OF YOU WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE MICHAEL LOOK BAD SHOULD GET A LIFE!!

1734 days ago
42.

Miss U MJ    

I'm confused about something. If Sony released this song & is the one responsible for screwing up; haven't they actually cost the 'Jackson' estate money. Won't they get 50% less royalties because of this than they would have had this been only MJ's song. So hasn't Sony once again screwed Michael Jackson?

Posted at 8:20PM on Oct 12th 2009 by janalal4

Good evening janala14 and all,

I agree with you janala14, Sony once again! Michael hated Sony. Thanks for the clip before of the Thriller speech where Michael tells of the hatred he had for Sony and Mattolla. They used him and threatened him, hence we are where we are now. Michael does not deserve this and I am sick of the vultures that always seem to hover around him at the most oppotunistic time.

Love and justice for MJ

1734 days ago
43.

Adi    

Suckers Sony!!!!! who gives a rats a%*e about Sony? They are leaches.

Great move MJ!

woo hoooo

1734 days ago
44.

janalal4    

45. I'm confused about something. If Sony released this song & is the one responsible for screwing up; haven't they actually cost the 'Jackson' estate money. Won't they get 50% less royalties because of this than they would have had this been only MJ's song. So hasn't Sony once again screwed Michael Jackson?

Posted at 8:20PM on Oct 12th 2009 by janalal4

Good evening janala14 and all,

I agree with you janala14, Sony once again! Michael hated Sony. Thanks for the clip before of the Thriller speech where Michael tells of the hatred he had for Sony and Mattolla. They used him and threatened him, hence we are where we are now. Michael does not deserve this and I am sick of the vultures that always seem to hover around him at the most oppotunistic time.

Love and justice for MJ



Posted at 8:47PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Miss U MJ



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Good evening Miss U MJ!
The reason I was confused was as to "WHO" actually released the song? Wouldn't that have been Sony? If so, why are people mad at McClain/Branca? Because they authorized it? And if so, isn't it Sony's job to know about copyrights before releasing a song? Incidentally, I think that was someone else that posted the clip your talking about but I know what your referring to. Is it the one where he is standing on stage or the one where he is seated & calls Mattola "very devilish"? lol! That cracked me up! Michael didn't even know how to GET MAD at anybody!

1734 days ago
45.

White chicken    

Michael, You are real genius!
OMG. Golden brain
Respect!

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