MPL Communications

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MPL Communications
58190 - Other publishing activities
FounderPaul McCartney
HeadquartersLondon, New York City

MPL Communications (which stands for McCartney Productions Ltd.) is 512230 (NAICS) / 2741 (SIC) for the business interests of Paul McCartney, and was established in 1969. In addition to handling McCartney's post-Beatles work, MPL is one of the world's largest privately owned music publishers through its acquisition of numerous other publishing companies.[1] MPL is headquartered in London and New York City.


The company was founded in February 1969 as Adagrove Limited but changed its name to McCartney Productions Ltd. in August 1969.[2] One of the company's first projects was the purchase of the rights to a film adaptation of Rupert Bear in early 1970.[3]

Music publishing[edit]

MPL publishing owns a wide range of copyrighted material – covering nearly 100 years of music – by composers including McCartney, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, Meredith Willson, Harold Arlen and many others,[1] with songs, such as “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (made famous by Al Jolson), "I'm Glad There Is You", "Blue Suede Shoes", "That'll Be the Day", as well as Lennon–McCartney's "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" in its catalogue. MPL also controls 25 subsidiary companies.[4]

Mary McCartney Picture department[edit]

McCartney's second eldest daughter, photographer and photo editor Mary McCartney, runs the picture department.


In October 2006, the Trademark Registry in London reported that MPL Communications had started a process to trademark McCartney's name on saleable goods.[5]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Music Licensing for Film, TV, Web, CDs, Performance and Merchandising - MPL Music Publishing Inc. - MPL Communications". Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. ^ Wiener, Allen (1992). The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide. New York: Facts On File. p. 39, 42. ISBN 0-8160-2511-8.
  3. ^ "McCartney's Own Projects May Break Up Beatles". The Times. San Mateo, California. 7 April 1970.
  4. ^ List of MPL subsidiary companies Archived 2006-11-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Muir, Hugh (14 October 2006). "McCartney bids to trademark his name". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2012.

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