Saturday, April 13, 2024

Yoko Ono Will Get Co-Writer Credit on “Imagine,” Extending the Copyright Ownership for Years


Yoko Ono will get co-writer credit on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” released in 1971. The announcement came last night at the National Music Publishers Association dinner. Their son, Sean, looking like John exactly from the cover of the Hey Jude album, wrote about it on Instagram. Changing the credit could add another minimum 28 years to the Lennon estate’s ownership of the song which would have expired in 2041. So that’s a good move financially. So that’s the cynical take. But Ono was really John’s unacknowledged collaborator on so many things, it seems like the right idea. Also, she’s in a wheelchair, which isn’t good even for age 83. At the dinner an audio tape was played in which John says Yoko should have gotten credit. So why not? And it doesn’t affect Paul McCartney, so he won’t mind.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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