Chris Picco, the subject of a viral video posted earlier this week is now the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit. Intermedia/ATV Music Publishing who now owns the rights to the Beatles catalog claim the singer's use of the song violates their most high-profile and lucrative holding.
Picco posted a heartbreaking video of himself singing the Beatles' 'Blackbird' to his dying, premature son Lennon after his wife had already died during complications. The video has received millions of views.
Intermedia/ATV (Formerly Sony/ATV) is the music publishing firm created after Michael Jackson's death. Jackson had purchased the ATV (Associated Television) publishing company in 1985 which owned the Beatles' back catalog. ATV then merged with Sony in 1995 but split with ATV in 2012. Intermedia/ATV is now held by Jackson's estate. Intermedia/ATV's Richard Collins said "It's tragic that Mr. Picco lost his wife and son, but profiteering from material owned by others is still illegal. We wish Mr. Picco the best, but we will be following through with proceedings" A representative for Picco said "This is one of several current I/ATV lawsuits. They're basically a copyright troll firm. They can expect some controversy for this one, given the circumstances."
The "Blackbird" video had over 8 million views as of this posting.