Yoko Ono has filed a lawsuit against a Polish drinkmaker for using the likeness of John Lennon for a beverage called “John Lemon.”
Ono, who was married to the Beatles legend from 1969 until his death in 1980, accused the company of profiting off her former husband’s likeness without permission.
The drink’s label contains a white background behind block lettering that says, “John Lemon,” along a description of the drink’s flavor. But in advertisements, the company allegedly used lyrics from Beatles songs, such as “Let it Be,” as well as one of Lennon’s most famous songs, “Imagine.”
“I think everyone would agree that this is a breach of rights,” said Murray Chalmers, Ono’s publicist, told CNN.
Ono’s attorneys claimed damages in the range of about $6,000 per day and $600 for every bottle sold, reported the Guardian.
But a settlement was reached after the lawsuit was filed for an undisclosed amount.
The Polish drinkmaker also agreed to stop selling the brand past November and will change the name of the drink to “On Lemon.”
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