In a rather bizarre and almost funny update on Ben Stein’s movie “EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed” – the movie is being challenged by Yoko Ono. She’s filed lawsuits against the film for the use and critique of John Lennon’s song “Imagine”. One of the suits seeks preliminary injunctive relief, essentially meaning that they are trying to expel EXPELLED as it is now being shown in theaters. Premise (the production company) did not pursue a license for the song and says it had no obligation to do so based on the fair use doctrine. The brief “Imagine” clip, consisting of only 10 words, was used as part of a
social commentary in the exercise of free speech and was not used as an endorsement of EXPELLED.
Ben Stein says: “So Yoko Ono is suing over the brief, Constitutionally protected use of a song that wants us to ‘Imagine no possessions’? Maybe instead of wasting everyone’s time trying to silence a documentary she should give the song to the world for free? After all, ‘imagine all the people sharing all the world…You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the World can live as one.'”