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Yoko to Rocker -- Ono You Can't Use Your Name!

2/11/2008 3:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A hard-working heavy-metal-rocker is in danger of losing her musical identity -- all because Yoko Ono wants to bring a silver hammer down on her for using the name Lennon.
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Lennon Murphy, a singer-songwriter whose band is called Lennon, has been sued by Yoko for "tarnishment" of her widow's name and for "fraudulently" registering the name as a trademark.

Ono, claims in court papers that Murphy is (intentionally) exploiting the name and confusing people by using it -- and wants her trademark canceled.

Murphy shoots back on her MySpace page that Yoko and her lawyer were asked back in 2000 about using the name for her debut CD on Arista Records, and they didn't object. Lennon (the band) has since been dropped by Arista, but continues to record. "If Yoko prevails," writes Lennon Murphy, "Lennon might never be able to tour or release records using the name Lennon."
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61.

He's just another Idiot    

Yoko has always been the biggest bitch in the world. What in the world did John see in her? She's ugly, has no talent, is a complete control freak and downright nasty and creepy looking. She doesn't own the name Lennon. Guess she just wants her name in the news.

2447 days ago
62.

He's just another Idiot    

Yoko has always been the biggest bitch in the world. What in the world did John see in her? She's ugly, has no talent, is a complete control freak and downright nasty and creepy looking. She doesn't own the name Lennon. Guess she just wants her name in the news.

2447 days ago
63.

Cheryl    

Well said #60.

2447 days ago
64.

a guy    

Whether you this chick likes it or not, you cannot legally copyright a name. I don't know how she even has paperwork doing so. JUST REMEMBER, there were two Nirvanas. Look it up, you can not, repeat, CAN NOT copyright a name.

2447 days ago
65.

FlBiker    

Me Soooooooooo Horney.

2447 days ago
66.

sunnysideup    

Actually, John Lennon is Yoko Ono's WIDOWED husband, not EX.
Big Differance.
Remember he was murdered?

2447 days ago
67.

R.Zimmerman    

When is enough $$$$ enough for this grasping, thoroughly rotten hole??? She neatly managed to wrap up the affairs of a deeply troubled rich man while he was still alive and now enjoys the profits of her work. Aren't THOSE multi millions sufficient? Well, she screwed John's real family, she might as well finish the job with the rest of the world. Contempible piece of trash.

2447 days ago
68.

LucyLennon4me    

Yoko has every right to sue. She trademarked John Lennon's name over ten years ago when she started the Jpohn Lennon songwriting contest. and May Pang is a worthless CU*T

2447 days ago
69.

tracey    

I could see if it wasn't her real name but come on, Yoko don't you have anything better to do?!

2447 days ago
70.

Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

How about changing it to Lenin then? At least that guy's crazy ex cant come after you then....

2447 days ago
71.

Ummmhmmm    

Sad that a person faces a lawsuit by using THEIR OWN NAME !!!

2447 days ago
72.

Nic    

Wow, that's a little weird...

2447 days ago
73.

crys    

Yoko has time and again showed her true colors and greed. Her greed and influence caused more tensions than necessary in the group. No, I'm not saying she broke them up, but she certainly didn't help the Beatles stay together. She has fueled the fire of a Lennon-McCartney feud, even after the two of them made peace. She has fought tooth and nail to get every cent of Lennon's money that she could. Now, she's trying to fight a woman whose first name is Lennon from using the name. The sad bitch probably doesn't realize that the woman and her band were named in HONOR of her late husband. John is probably rolling over in his grave when this woman gets her claws out. He seemed to be a genuinely spiritual man. Her actions totally contradict those of her late husband who wrote about imagining there are no posessions. She seems to be beyond posessive, quite arrogant and maniacal.

2447 days ago
74.

kettlekitty    

My sons name is Lennon, is she gonna sue me? Stupid ass!!!!!

2447 days ago
75.

Lily S.    

Yoko. OH NO!

Trim your hairy lip and get a grip.

2447 days ago
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