The music industry is dead! It’s dead! No one buys CDs! No one buys records! iTunes! iTunes! iTunes!
Wait, no it’s not, music rights claims are worth a ton of cash as is digital licensing. Despite Jobs on the warpath to get a monopoly on every bit of entertainment you could think up, save for pornography (which is available on your iPhone just not through the regulated paths), Yoko Ono has come out and said he can bugger right off if he thinks he’s going to make any moolah off The Beatles’ massive money-making back catalogue any time soon.
Jobs isn’t Bigger Than Jesus, she suggested, though The Beatles still are even if most of them are dead but not yet resurrected. The world reknowned artist, lover of John Lennon, rap artist in her own right and the influence behind The Beatles’ best ever song “Number 9” Yoko Ono has said to Reuters: “Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy.”
Then she twisted the knife, by adding: “There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. Don’t hold your breath… for anything.”
That said, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono lost in a bid against Michael Jackson. MJ originally bought the whole caboodle before merging in a business deal with Sony for a 50/50 stake. Apple Publishing owns the rights to songs recorded after 1967. Yoko Ono owns the rights to Yes I’m A Witch which is better than anything The Beatles have done anyway, but not to The Beatles catalogue.