John Lennon's widow and sons have been rebuffed in their attempt to block the use of part of the song "Imagine" in a film about intelligent design. A New York federal judge ruled Monday that the producers of the movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" were protected by the fair use doctrine in playing a 15-second excerpt from the song. The judge denied Yoko Ono, Lennon's sons and EMI Blackwood Music the preliminary injunction they sought, finding they were unlikely to prevail on the merits.
Lennon Family Loses Bid to Block Use of 'Imagine' Excerpt in Film
New York Law Journal
June 3, 2008