Yoko Ono, the wife of late music icon John Lennon, is seeking a copyright claim against a former aide of the Beatles star.
Ono alleges that aide Frederic Seaman has gone against a court order by giving an interview discussing various topics which had previously been legally prohibited. These subjects include Lennon’s and Ono’s marriage, the death of Lennon and a book Seaman wrote in 1991, the Last Days of John Lennon.
The claim states that the injunction in place since 2002 against Seaman, granted to stop him from using pictures of the pair, would be infringed by Seamans plans to release an extended version of the book. In addition, Ono claimed that throughout the interview, Seaman was surrounded by Lennon memorabilia and this again was in breach of the injunction.
The claim was filed in the US, and Ono is claiming at least $150,000.00 for copyright infringement, plus an additional injunction to prevent Seaman from talking about the family from now on.
It will be interesting to see how this one pans out and can have an impact on other famous stars and the protection of their legacy. Watch this space for further updates.