Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Yoko Ono Sues "Expelled" Filmmakers About Use of "Imagine"

This just in:
John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and his sons are suing the filmmakers of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" for using the song "Imagine" in the documentary without permission.

One key question is whether the use is "fair use."

You may want to consider the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, and specifically page 4.


At April 24, 2008 7:44 AM, Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

An article on my blog has some more details.

At April 24, 2008 7:11 PM, Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

I think that the best way to put an end to this nuisance copyright suit is to boycott John Lennon and Beatles products until the suit is dropped. Spread the word.

At April 25, 2008 10:10 AM, Blogger Mats said...

She sure has a lot of time in her hands.

At April 26, 2008 7:06 PM, Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Here are some new names for her: "Loco Yoko Oh-No" and "Loco Yoko No-No." The latter sounds better when spoken.

There once was a lady named Yoko,
who had a mind that was quite loco.
When she tried to sue,
she later did rue,
'cause the lawyers she faced were pro bono.

At April 27, 2008 4:19 PM, Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

The Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park has the song's name "Imagine" at its center. Central Park's 2½-acre Strawberry Fields section is on land donated by the city. This section of the park gives the songs "Imagine," "Strawberry Fields," and the Beatles free advertising of incalculable value. So maybe Yoko should give back a little by allowing a movie (for-profit or not) to use about 15 seconds and 10 words of "Imagine" for free.


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