Saturday, April 26, 2008

Yoko Ono sues over illegal use of "Imagine" in Expelled

It would be great if this was enough to keep the film from opening. It appears that the makers of the idiotic Expelled film are being sued by Yoko Ono for using her husband, John Lennon's Imagine song without permission.

From No God Blog:

"Expelled the movie" is being sued by Yoko Ono, in what may be the best thing she ever did.

It seems our less-than-honest friends at Expelled not only lied to viewers about the intellectual viability of an invisible man in the sky, but they also used IMAGINE without permission. Lennon's song is anything but religious, and Yoko wants to make sure her husband's name is not used for such tripe.

Yoko Ono is suing the producers of a movie that challenges the concept of Darwinian evolution, saying they used the song "Imagine" without her permission and led the blogosphere to accuse her of "selling out."

Ono's lawsuit claims the producers did not ask for permission either because they knew they could not get it or because they did not want to pay for the rights. It objects to the way "Imagine" is listed in the film's credits, saying it suggested to members of the news media and others that the song's use had been approved.

"Internet 'bloggers' immediately began accusing Mrs. Lennon of 'selling out' by licensing the song to defendants," says the complaint, filed this week.

The lawsuit calls "Imagine" Lennon's signature song, saying it "has become closely associated with and is synonymous with John Lennon."

The complaint, which also names other firms involved with the movie, asks the court to stop the filmmakers from distributing, selling and promoting the movie, and it seeks financial damages. It was filed on behalf of Ono, Lennon's sons Sean and Julian, and EMI Blackwood Music Inc.

LINK: Yoko Ono Gave No Permission For Creationist Documentary’s Use Of Song

I bet the creationists are going to be whining and crying "WE'RE SO PERSECUTED" over this like they always do.


Jason H. Bowden said...

I just rejoined the NCSE!

Stardust said...

Jason, all atheists and people concerned about bullshit cretinism taught in the classrooms should join NCSE.

Greg said...

I've seen christers sing the "Imagine" song and wondered if they even understand the words to it? Or do they just assume John was talking about just having ONE religion - aka THEIRS and nobody eles's?

Is this "Expelled" movie supposed to be in all the major theaters? Or is it just some goofy thing they they will post to the Faux network?

Stardust said...

Unfortunately greg, this film is supposed to be released so theaters soon. Once again the fundies are suckered into handing their money over to Hollywood. Stein, a nothing actor like Mel Gibson who is a fading actor resort to anyone to make money. The evangelicals seem to be easy targets for losers to market to.

Jason H. Bowden said...

John Derbyshire has an excellent article about Ben Stein and his "creationist porn" over at National Review.