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
The new faces of the unions ● How Bolsonaro rose to power in Brazil ● Tribune and the Tribune group ● DIY cinema ● Peterloo and Sorry to Bother You reviews ● and much more
And you choose how much to pay for your subscription...
Phil Hearse explores the worldwide allegiances which bind rising fascist movements across the world into a coordinated force.
Edgardo Lander talks to Red Pepper about the mounting tensions in Venezuela
Olly Haynes reports on the violent crackdown on protesters on the streets of France
Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte explain why the political trials this week only reveal the tip of the iceberg.
There is only a small window of opportunity to prevent further catastrophic change, writes Lesley Rankin.
Liam Fox's Brexit plans are a continuation of Thatcher's plans to decimate industry and agriculture, writes Nick Dearden