MPL Communications

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MPL Communications
Music publishing activities
FounderPaul McCartney

MPL Communications (which stands for McCartney Productions Ltd.) (NAICS 512230, SIC 2741) is the umbrella company 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 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]

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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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