Friday, April 25, 2008

"Won't Ya Be My Yoko Ono"

Yoko Ono is suing Premise Media and Ben Stein for using the John Lennon song "Imagine" in the film Expelled! without permission. According to the story:

"Defendants have intentionally and willfully used the song without authorization because they knew that they would likely be unable to secure permission from plaintiffs," Ono, 75, said in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in New York.

The story additionally notes:

Ono has tightly controlled Lennon's intellectual property rights since the Beatles member was assassinated in 1980. On April 30, a preliminary hearing will begin in Boston federal court in her lawsuit to stop footage of Lennon from being used in a World Wide Video film called "3 Days in the Life."

Since I haven't seen the film, I don't know how much of the song was used. It is a good bet that any of it was too much.

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