BeatleLinks LogoNav Panel New Sites Cool Sites Top Rated Fab Forum Add A Site Link To Us Revolution Radio New Products

Go Back   BeatleLinks Fab Forum > Beatles Forums > I Read The News Today


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Oct 02, 2000, 10:39 PM   #1
Dr. Robert
Join Date: May 24, 2000
Location: Pepperland
Posts: 1,252
Default Lennon name ban hits charity concert

A CONCERT commemorating the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death can only go ahead if the organisers don't mention his name.

Lawyers acting for his widow Yoko Ono have refused producer Robert Gabriel permission to use either the names "John Lennon" or "Lennon" in publicity as they are registered trademarks.

Ono's lawyers have also forced Gabriel to shut down a website he set up specially for the December 10 event, previously called Lennon 2000.

He has also been forbidden from even using pictures of John Lennon on either posters and leaflets for the event or printed programmes.

They only made their feelings clear the day after he paid London's Palace Theatre a non-refundable 2,200 deposit.

Now called "L2K...All You Need Is...", it will donate eight per cent of profits to charity and has been organised "to highlight the issues that Lennon raised in his lifetime, like war, environment and people" with celebrities such as Noel Gallagher, Ken Livingstone and Cynthia and Julian Lennon invited to speak about what John Lennon meant to them.

Gabriel, who is a former lead in the hit musical Miss Saigon, said: "I just wish they had told me sooner. I researched what I could and couldn't do months ago and wrote to Yoko Ono's people but did not hear back from them until a few days ago.

"I'm disappointed because this is a positive charitable venture, organised by people like myself who have a massive amount of respect and admiration for John Lennon.

"For all that though, it does seem a bit harsh that we are not allowed to use the name of the man it is all about in the title of the show."

Ono's New York lawyers told Gabriel to "immediately cease and desist from any continued use of our client's trademarks".

They added that posters advertising the event, which will feature Buddy star Gus McGregor as the Beatle, must be altered because "Lennon 2000 suggests your venture is sponsored by, approved or affiliated by Mrs Lennon".

Ono is notoriously protective of her late husband's estate. In July she sued a Tokyo subway operator for selling train passes with a portrait of Lennon. The artist, who will make 50m from sales of the official Beatles biography, was seeking 80,000 for copyright infringement.But despite her protectiveness, she has been accused by stepson Julian of cheapening Lennon's legacy with blatant commercialism. He recently bemoaned her decision to sell some of John Lennon's art as limited editions etched into small slabs of marble.

Peace, Love, and Beatles,

Beatle Me This, Beatle Me That

"After all is said and done, you can't go pleasing everyone, so screw it"
--John Lennon
beatlemethisbeatlemethat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 02, 2000, 11:26 PM   #2
Webmaster Of BeatleLinks
Jerry's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 20, 2000
Location: Encino, California
Posts: 6,950
Send a message via AIM to Jerry
Default Re: Lennon name ban hits charity concert

Man, who's next on their hit list -

Webmaster -
Jerry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 03, 2000, 10:13 AM   #3
Co-Admin Geezer
Harb83's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 06, 2000
Location: Devon, England
Posts: 9,407

Default Re: Lennon name ban hits charity concert

Would be affected?

Did Paul McCartney die in a car crash on November 2nd, 1966? Visit Paul is Dead - The Conclusive Evidence, read the clues and decide for yourself.
Harb83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 03, 2000, 08:05 PM   #4
bearkat77's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 04, 2000
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 60,688

Default Re: Lennon name ban hits charity concert

How can you honor a person for what he did and stood for if you can't mention his name? It seems that lawyers have nothing better to do than screw up everything.

Bearkat77's Beatlemaniac Page
bearkat77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 03, 2000, 11:22 PM   #5
Elementary Penguin
Apple Scruff
Join Date: May 17, 2000
Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA
Posts: 181
Default Re: Lennon name ban hits charity concert

Watch out Col, you'll get a cease and desist on your handle
Elementary Penguin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 03, 2000, 11:33 PM   #6
Join Date: May 08, 2000
Location: England
Posts: 2,142
Default Re: Lennon name ban hits charity concert

I'll just call myself.........I'm so tired, sorry.

lennon-mccartney is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Site Features
Search Links

  Advanced Search
Category Jump





New User Sign-Up!
Lost Password?
Beatles History

The costs of running our database and discussion forum are steadily rising. Any help we receive is greatly appreciated. Click HERE for more information about donating to BeatleLinks.
» Chat Room
» Current News
» Monthly Contest
» Interviews Database
» Random Site
» Banner Exchange
» F.A.Q.
» Advertise
» Credits
» Legal
» Contact Us
Copyright © 2000-2020 BeatleLinks
All Rights Reserved