Ono won't sue McCartney over switched Beatles credits. Yoko's not happy about ''McCartney/Lennon'' credit, but doesn't plan legal action

By Brian Hiatt
Updated December 18, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Yoko Ono has decided to let it be. John Lennon’s widow isn’t thrilled that Paul McCartney switched the songwriting credits for 19 Beatles songs on his new live album, ”Back in the U.S. Live 2002,” but she has no plans to sue, her spokesman told the Associated Press. Ono had previously said that she was exploring legal options to combat McCartney’s decision to credit Beatles songs as ”written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon” instead of the traditional ”Lennon/McCartney.” Her spokesperson, Elliot Mintz, told AP that the gambit is ”an attempt to rewrite history.”

McCartney’s spokesperson, Geoff Baker, told AP that the erstwhile cute Beatle just wants fair credit for songs on which he was the dominant writer. ”Even if Paul did 95 percent or more on these songs, he’s not asking that John’s name be taken off,” Baker said. ”He just doesn’t think it should be first.” The live album was not released on the Beatles’ Apple Records, so McCartney was reportedly not bound by an agreement to stick to the ”Lennon/McCartney” credit — which he and Lennon decided on early in their songwriting career. Ono is ”feeling secure in the fact that the original Lennon-McCartney agreement still stands,” Mintz told AP.