Ono, EMI Drop Lennon Suits9 Oct, 2008 By: Billy Gil
Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, and EMI Records have dropped copyright infringement lawsuits against the documentary filmmakers that used a portion of the Lennon song “Imagine” without permission, according to Reuters.
Previously, Ono and EMI Records had filed suits to enjoin the Premise Media Corp documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, which used a 15-second clip of “Imagine.” The documentary is an investigation into alleged prejudice against those who support the theory of intelligent design.
“We think it was clear from the beginning that our clients had every right to use the ‘Imagine’ clip as they did, and we’re happy we’ve vindicated that right,” Anthony Falzone, a Stanford law professor and lead counsel for Premise in the case, said in a statement.
Falzone said in his blog that the song will not be included in the film’s DVD, distributed by Vivendi Entertaiment.