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Paul Anka -- 'Honest Mistake'

10/12/2009 9:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paul Anka says he's all square with Michael Jackson's estate over the release of "This Is It" -- a song Paul helped write -- saying the special administrators realized "there was a wrong here" and they immediately "made it right..." as in 50% of publishing rights. Can you say BONANZA?



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46.

truth    

Who disparages a dead person by saying the person stole their tapes? They should sue him for defamation
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Right. It's not possible for the deceased person to defend himself, so Anka should have kept his mouth shut. If Michael did take the tapes, there might be a reason, but the way it stands now, it's a one-sided story.

1744 days ago
47.

susan    

Anka owns the copyrights to the song and lyrics. He's being a gentlemen by not going through with a lawsuit. Sony or the estate had no rights to release that song without his clearance and without him getting 50% on the songwriting and publishing royalties.

1744 days ago
48.

truth    

Lennon and McCartney were free to purchase the catalog if they chose. Michael obviously was a smarter businessman than both.

1744 days ago
49.

susan    

He wasn't smarter. He was just cash rich at the time and able to do it. Yoko was getting the back for free under the death law. That has nothing to do with giving an increase on royalties to the artists that are feeding your pockets, that were screwed by the companies just as Michael was screwed by Motown.

If he was such a great businessman, he wouldn't have run himself into financial ruin back int he early 90's, which forced him to sell 50% of the ATV catalogue to Sony, because he had no money left, and then did it all over again, and ran his wealth into the ground.

So, who's the smart man/businessman? Paul is 67 years old, has 5 kids, a number of grandchildren, putting out music, selling out stadiums, is a billionaire, and owns the largest privately owned music publishing company in the world and is respected in the industry and public as an icon. And the Beatle rights are going to start reverting back to him under the songwriting laws, for free, starting in 9 years. No contest.


52. Lennon and McCartney were free to purchase the catalog if they chose. Michael obviously was a smarter businessman than both.

Posted at 10:33PM on Oct 12th 2009 by truth



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1744 days ago
50.

Toni    

I've always liked Paul Anka. This does explain why the song sat idle since the 90s.

I'm glad they took care of it amicably.

1744 days ago
51.

covarrubias619    

Obviously Michael Jackson didn't release the song for a reason(he was a perfectionist remember), he always said he wrote over 120 songs for an album...and would pick out the ones he wanted. Maybe he didn't think it was that great, and I think Sony is trying to get as much as they can now that he's passed...its sad. They probably thought the title wouldve been perfect for the movie..

1744 days ago
52.

Carmen    

Now the Jackson family can also do right by giving publishing rights back to Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

1744 days ago
53.

MJhugs    

So if he and Michael co-wrote this song....where does he get off saying that Michael "stole" from him? I agree...another bloodsucker!!!! Another washed up dried up to cling to Michaels shirt tail.Soooo sad.

1744 days ago
54.

Mama    

You're a class act, Mr. Anka!

1744 days ago
55.

truth    

You're a class act, Mr. Anka!

Posted at 11:56PM on Oct 12th 2009 by Anita
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He is?!?!? I don't think so. Maybe he got it right on the third try. I think he figured (or someone told him) he be better off if he did.

1744 days ago
56.

susan    

The man tours 35 weeks a year, is 68 yrs old, and sells out every show. The man continually writes and performs, and has been doing so for over 50 years. Michael hasn't performed or put out music in eight years, was lucky he could even make it to a handful of his rehearsals, and had to literally be spoon fed, and was on the verge of bankruptcy. So when you call someone like Paul Anka "washed up..dried up", let's put things into a perspective that is reality.

60. So if he and Michael co-wrote this song....where does he get off saying that Michael "stole" from him? I agree...another bloodsucker!!!! Another washed up dried up to cling to Michaels shirt tail.Soooo sad.

Posted at 11:22PM on Oct 12th 2009 by MJhugs



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1744 days ago
57.

meh    

anka will pry those cold hard cash from cold, hard hands of dead MJ if he can!

naaaaaaaaaaah. he co-wrote it. SONY F-ed up. stop calling a dead man who can't defend himself over decisions others made in his name, a "thief".

how low can you bowl...

1744 days ago
58.

izilda pomelli    


other opportunistic
Does MJ copyright charged when Anka gave the music for Sapphire record?
And now you know the genius of MJ that transformed the music and the propitious moment he's in the media, trying to resurrect

1744 days ago
59.

waitingforclosure    

Well..... they are getting 0% from me, because I not giving one red dime until this mess is cleaned up. No movie, no books, no CD's, so they don't have to worry about splitting my share. I am honoring Michael's memory in other ways.

1744 days ago
60.

lankandiva    

ANKA ASS,F**K OFF..REMEBER REGARLESS OF ANYTHING THE ONLY REASON THIS SONG SOUNDS EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BIT DECENT IS BECAUSE MICHAEL JACKSONS VOICE BRINGS IT TO LIFE..YOU MOST LIKELY WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THE TIME OF DAY IF IT WASN'T GOING TO BE RELEASED WITH MICHAEL SINGING IT..HOW DARE MCLAIN DISRESPECT MJ???

FOR THIS I BELIEVE YOU HAVE LOST ALOT OF PEOPLES RESPECT,FOR MAKING A BIG COMOTION ABOUT IT ALONG WITH CLAIMING MCLAIN SAID SUCH

ANYONE WANTING TO DOWNLOAD THIS SONG CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW-

http://limelinx.com/files/1c9c9e048c37efb267877c9de0e97e63

ENJOY PEEPS..LOVE YOU MORE MICHAEL JACKSON..STILL CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE GONE:(...FOREVER IN MY HEART..

PRAYING FOR VICTORY IN YOUR NAME..FIGHT FOR JUSTICE IN MICHAELS NAME..

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