Yoko Ono is Angry About John Lemon

Carla Harmon
September 21, 2017

Yoko Ono is no a fan of puns though, so she got her legal people to send some stern letters to the Polish company that makes the lemonade drink and various companies who distribute it, including London-based Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks. It's a clever name, but a bit too close in sounds and visual likeness to a certain Liverpudlian songwriter. "They were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda", Joris Van Manen of Ono's legal team, Dutch law firm Hoyng Rokh Monegier, told the East London Advertiser.

"All of us involved with this product are startups, and we couldn't take on someone who is worth many, many millions", Karol Chamera, the company's founder, told the newspaper.

Musician and artist Yoko Ono Lennon says the lemonade brand has infringed on her late husband's name and legacy. "A fair settlement was agreed and the company paid Yoko Ono about £9,000, which is not a lot".

The John Lemon trademark was registered by the Polish manufacturers of the lemonade in 2014, while the John Lennon trademark application was filed in 2016.

The drink will henceforth be known as On Lemon.

Lennon married Ms. Ono in 1969. 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".

Mr. Lemonade Alternative Drinks launched in 2012 and now sells over 50 different products across the United Kingdom and Poland, including drinks such as Fritz-Kola, Club Mate and a variety of "John Lemon" beverages in flavors ranging from plum to pear. They claimed damages in the range of €5,000 (£4,400) a day and €500 for every bottle sold and asked the court in The Hague, the Netherlands, to determine damages.

Lawyer Hugo Bałazinski said his client was "surprised" by the claim, but chose to reach a settlement which meant the company could continue in business and would rebrand the John Lemon products.

Mr Chamera said he is being forced to sell all his stock of the drink before the ban comes into force on October 30.

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