Yoko Ono Denies She's Suing Lennon

Yoko Ono has categorically denied that she is suing the rock musician Lennon Murphy for simply using the name of her late husband John.

Yoko Ono Denies She's Suing Lennon
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Yoko Ono has categorically denied that she is suing the rock musician Lennon Murphy for simply using the name of her late husband John. A statement released by Ono's label Parlophone says that Lennon Murphy approached the 74-year-old several years ago to seek permission for using the name, which Ono granted without hesitation. However, it goes on to say that without Ono's knowledge, Murphy made an application to the United States trademark office 'requesting the exclusive right to utilize the name Lennon for musical performances.' According to the release, Ono's representatives asked for this registration of exclusivity to be removed, but apparently Lennon Murphy went on to apply for the trademark regardless. The statement concludes: 'Yoko did not sue Lennon Murphy, but sought to stop her from getting the exclusive right to the name Lennon for performance purposes. For that, Yoko's attorneys, simply notified the Trademark office that Yoko did not believe it was fair that Ms. Murphy be granted the exclusive right to the "Lennon" trademark in relation to musical and entertainment services.' Read more at Gigwise.com.

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    flambe chicken
    It's a shame she isn't suing, I could have used a laugh! Seriously, there would be no case anyway - since when has it been illegal to release material under your own name?!
    albinokrikit
    mp3stalin wrote: yoko ono is an asian courtney love
    no courtney is a white yoko...duh! which one came first? huh?...think about it
    Nightmarenny
    Ok no. What the **** are you people saying? The problem here is that Lennon is trying to copyright "lennon" as a name from musical proformances. How can Ono be bad for saying "Hey you shouldn't have exclusive use of the name Lennon thats Asinine.
    Hamham272
    TOMMYB22 wrote: dear retard, lennon murphy is not ripping off john lennons name, he was named after lennon at birth and therefore he has done nothing wrong but i dont blame you guys maybe you would know if UG would stop giving the articles misleading names
    Dear Mr Person who can't read the damn article. Yoko is stopping Lennon Murphy from getting the exclusive rights to the name Lennon for performance purposes. If you knew anything about music you would know that John Lennon's name would be one of the biggest names in music. Trying to get rights to the name "Lennon" just proves that Lennon Murphy is trying to cash in on the name he was given. He has done something wrong, trying to get the exclusive rights to sell records on SOMEONE ELSES fame/name.
    Cannibalkyle16
    Scourge441 wrote: I agree with This1GoesTo11. Yoko's done a damn good job of preserving the Lennon legacy. Luppi wrote: yes she did ^ Right. Because the evidence the murder theorists use to justify their claims certainly isn't flawed and/or irrelevant. Yup, there's absolutely no flaws in the theory. Courtney Love MUST have killed Kurt.
    well its the same as when the cops found him and decided, kurt cobain MUST of killed himself jackass
    leafy
    you know, when i opened this article, i was half-expecting to see that Ono was suing John! haha!
    so did i =P
    kylebrown88
    Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
    Kevin97220
    This is so stupid. Since when is it illegal to use a name? I didn't know the name Lennon was copyrrighted. Outrageous, she needs to stop trying to get publicity and go to a nursing home.
    boxcarblink94
    metal_licka wrote: Next thing you know her or jacko will sue someone for using the name "john"
    oh crap, my parents might get sued for naming me john and i'll have to change it! and please why doesn't someone snipe yoko already?
    kamikaze_74
    i love it how we, the UG members can turn seemingly anything into a "courtney did/courtney didnt kill kurt" debate!
    well it had stopped for a while until you revived it...
    mrjimborinsane
    hahah i love it how we, the UG members can turn seemingly anything into a "courtney did/courtney didnt kill kurt" debate! and for the record yoko ono is crazy bitch, and why the hell dont the living beatles own the rights instead of yoko and wacko. i wouldnt ever buy a piece of beatles merch just cos of that, a talentless hack and a kiddy-fiddler arent getting my money. come to think of it, thats another reason for me to hate my stepdad! hes a huge beatle-fan so he's got so much merchandise everywhere. bastard!
    100%guitarmad
    Scorge wrote: you know, when i opened this article, i was half-expecting to see that Ono was suing John! haha!
    same!
    SylKain
    I don't have a great grasp of legal stuff but reading the way it was presented by Lennon Murphy and then this counterstatement by Yoko Ono...I must side with Ono on this one. Let's face it, the only reason Lennon Murphy got any initial attention was the fact she was a rather popular Suicide Girl, when the shock value of that site faded she got dropped by her label and fell off the radar, now by trying to be THE Lennon of the music industry it was guaranteed it would piss off Ono and a whole shitstorm would start. Ono might not be the most popular face in music biz, she is no saint, but we must admit that even if it was 80% greed she made sure John Lennon would not be forgotten. If it was just for her ego she'd probably use his name to promote anything she did instead of just stepping into the spotlight when the late Beatle's interest was concerned
    shwilly
    Yoko's attorneys, simply notified the Trademark office that Yoko did not believe it was fair that Ms. Murphy be granted the exclusive right to the "Lennon" trademark
    1) Hearing John Lennon's name as if it were just a trademark is darn awful, especially since it's a statement by Yoko's attorneys. He was a human being for gods sake, not a brand! 2) Why the hell did she ask permission in the first place? According to her wikipedia page she was named after John by her parents so why did she seek permission to perform under her own name? "Lennon" is a very common name, especially in the UK. Hell, I know like 3 or 4 footballers who are called Lennon so what on earth makes her feel shes special? 3) And who the hell IS Lennon Murphy???
    GoWithTheFlow
    who is writing the headlines for this website. every week i come on here and either somebody is tapping someone or something. please for the love of god stop making you headlines so questionable
    DDT
    The other person was attempting to trade mark lennon, not her.
    crocoscar
    Scorge wrote: you know, when i opened this article, i was half-expecting to see that Ono was suing John! haha!
    same here :p
    NoiseBox
    Wow. I thought lawsuits this stupid were restricted to courtney love. w/e; let the bitch rot.
    manmanster
    Im pretty sure no one is reading what this article says. She's fine with Lennon Murphy using the name, but Murphy tried to trademark it, barring it from everyone else and taking a shortcut to fame. Yoko is trying to prevent Murphy from encroaching upon the legend and name of her Husband. Murphy's completely in the wrong.
    nickwarhead
    Maybe she'll sue Thomas Lennon from Reno 911, or maybe the family of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin while she's on a roll....
    rockstarbowker
    classicrocker10 wrote: mp3stalin wrote: yoko ono is an asian courtney love what if..yoko really is courtney love? or vice versa?
    Oh snap!
    TJM2482
    Wow what a bunch of bullshit. This is worse than when Spike Lee tried to sue over the whole Spike TV ordeal.
    soulphonate
    Seems like she acted reasonably. What's the news here? I agree that Lennon Murphy was trying to be a snake by trying to get exclusive rights to the name "Lennon" without the Murphy behind it (or is that the case, the article doesn't specify?).
    VILLAIN90
    same here I was thinking What The Hell
    Scorge wrote: you know, when i opened this article, i was half-expecting to see that Ono was suing John! haha!
    AceOfBlades
    I hope she doesn't get the copyright, as my name IS John Lennon, so I wouldn't be able to release music under my own name right?
    pdq13
    Mrs. Magic Snatch-John was absolutely whipped!Close your eyes an listen to the yo-yo sing."Lucy"imitator.
    joker_thief
    ClashRocker66 wrote: I think anyone who's not agreeing with Yoko right now has missed the point of the article. She's trying to keep the name of Lennon pure from people who want to take a shortcut to notoriety. Lennon Murphy made the first move to get legal rights, so it's completely fair that Yoko fight back legally if it's the only way from stopping her. If someone were cashing in on something you built, like the name of Lennon, you would be pissed too. In fact, you should be pissed because it's John Lennon we're talking about.
    good point though when i first looked at the headline i thought it was talking about her son sean lennon
    ClashRocker66
    I think anyone who's not agreeing with Yoko right now has missed the point of the article. She's trying to keep the name of Lennon pure from people who want to take a shortcut to notoriety. Lennon Murphy made the first move to get legal rights, so it's completely fair that Yoko fight back legally if it's the only way from stopping her. If someone were cashing in on something you built, like the name of Lennon, you would be pissed too. In fact, you should be pissed because it's John Lennon we're talking about.
    Illigx
    TDAJGuitarist wrote: Yoko Ono Is a theif! She stole the rights to music that isnt hers!!! Paul Mcartney and Ringo Starr should be spliting the rights 50/50...Insted, Wacko Jacko and Yoko Ono Owns the rights to The Beatles... Total bulls**t!
    I don't think the money is an issue for Paul and Ringo, and I think Yoko puts more effort into keeping a solid name than Paul and Ringo now have time for. I may not like her, but she deserves credit.
    lexaah
    mp3stalin wrote: yoko ono is an asian courtney love
    epic lulz ensued here but i agree
    ChronicX
    This1GoesTo11 wrote: Yoko has done a damn good at job protecting and promoting John's name, image, and body of work since his death. His legacy has flourished and she deserves the credit. It's safe to say, at this point, that a thousand years from now Lennon and McCartney will be mentioned in the same breath as Mozart and Beethoven.
    McCartney will be famous for giving out the most money to his wife in the divorce proceedings I'm gonna guess.
    duncang
    Good for her. A lawsuit would be silly, but it's ridiculous that Lennon Murphy would try and do that and I'm glad she's trying to stop it.
    Korzack
    ... I'm sorry, but the title of this REALLY confused the hell outta me... Wouldn;t put it past her, but that's just stupid beyond Bush jr. levels
    ghostofhendrix
    Oh c'mon- not only did Courtney kill Kurt, but she's been financially raping Nirvana ever since lol
    classicrocker10
    mp3stalin wrote: yoko ono is an asian courtney love
    what if..yoko really is courtney love? or vice versa?
    Dallen_007
    Qasur wrote: mp3stalin wrote: yoko ono is an asian courtney love +1 ...except, Yoko Ono didn't kill Lennon
    ...neither did Courtney Love kill Kurt.