Yoko Ono's giving peace a chance.
John Lennon's widow and EMI Records have agreed to withdraw their copyright- and trademark-infringement complaint against the producers of the right-wing documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed for using a fragment of the late Beatle's seminal "Imagine" without permission.
The decision was announced by the Stanford Law School's Fair Use Project on its website.
"We think it was clear from the beginning that our clients had every right to use the 'Imagine' clip as they did, and we're happy we've vindicated that right," said Anthony Falzone, the professor who spearheaded the legal action.
Ono and the label filed suit in federal court in April seeking to block the distribution of the controversial Ben Stein-hosted Darwin-bashing film because producer Premise Media failed to license the "Imagine" clip. The song will be left out of the DVD release of the film.