Yoko Ono Plays Hardball With Beverage Maker

Sep 20, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Yoko Ono, the widow of Beatle John Lennon, refused to “let it be” when she heard about a new beverage coming on the market called “John Lemon.” Reuters reports that Ono forced the company to rebrand the drink by threatening legal action against the drink’s Polish manufacturer, alleging that the name infringed the trademark of her late husband.

“The company has now agreed to change its drink’s name to ‘On Lemon,’ after lawyers acting for Ono wrote to distributors warning they faced costs of up to 5,000 euros ($5,998) a day and 500 euros for every bottle sold if they infringed the trademark,” Reuters reports.

The report adds: “Lawyers acting for the beverage firm denied it had infringed the late star’s rights, but Ono’s lawyers pointed to a Facebook post from John Lemon Ireland, which featured an image of the iconic singer.

“Other marketing materials included the brand’s logo next to the words ‘let it be’ and a pair of round glasses, both closely associated with Lennon.”

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