Singer accuses Scottish bar of copyright infringement for using her late husband's image and name
According to Jam Showbiz, the singer’s lawyers have sent a legal letter to Mike Craig from Dundee, Scotland, that accuses him of copyright infringement.
Craig claims to have spent thousands of pounds on Beatles memorabilia for his pub, which is called Lennon’s Bar. However, the letter from Ono’s lawyers is demanding that he removes all the memorabilia and changes the venue’s name within 14 days.
He said: “It’s ridiculous. The pub’s been called Lennon’s for about five years, but the signs will be removed this week.”
In the past, Ono has been involved in several legal disputes in relation to her late husband. In 2006, she filed a £5.35m lawsuit against record label EMI and its subsidiary Capitol Records for “wilfully and knowingly under-reporting royalties.”
In 2008, meanwhile, it was reported that she had sued the singer Lennon Murphy for using the name Lennon as a performance name.
Although Ono later revealed that she had not sued the singer, her legal team did object after Murphy applied to the US trademark office for exclusive rights to the name Lennon for musical performances.