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Dec 20th, 2002, 06:44 AM
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Paul McCartney will not be sued by John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono over a songwriting credit dispute, despite media reports to the contrary.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Ono was considering legal action after McCartney reversed the ordering of the traditional "Lennon-McCartney" credit on his new live album, Back In The U.S., released last month.

Ono's lawyer Peter Shukat told BBC News Online, "I don't think anybody ever said Yoko was going to sue Paul."

McCartney's spokesperson Geoff Baker also dismissed reports of possible legal action. "Have we had any legal letters? Absolutely not, it's not true. I don't know whether she [Ono] is happy about it or not, but there can't be any legal action."

Both Lennon and McCartney have an equal share in Apple Records, Baker said, and one partner would not sue the other.

McCartney decided to switch the names on the credits for the 19 Beatles songs on the Back In The U.S. album to "rectify the historical imbalance," Baker said. McCartney and Lennon agreed in 1962 that the names could be arranged in any order.

"It's not demeaning John. It's not taking anything away from John, it's merely pointing out who did the body of the work on certain songs, just so people know."

--Sue Falco, New York