28 July

'Songs like Revolution don't mean a pair of sneakers, they mean Revolution.' Paul McCartney

July 28, 2009
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According to an Associated Press article, on this day in 1987, the Beatles sued Nike for $15 million for using their song ‘Revolution’ in a TV commercial.

‘Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, expressed approval when the commercial was released; she was quoted in Time magazine as saying the commercial ”is making John’s music accessible to a new generation”. The surviving ex-Beatles have not commented publicly. Leonard M Marks, Apple’s lawyer, said yesterday that Ms Ono and the three surviving Beatles each own 25 percent of Apple and that the company requires ”unanimity among the four Beatles’ interests in order to act”, implying that Ms. Ono had concurred in bringing the suit. ”They are all outraged about the commercial,” he said.’

Jon Pareles, New York Times, 5 August 1987