Imaginary Ethics

BPSDBWelly welly welly welly, welly welly well. I don’t normally read the Huffington Post, but thanks to UprightAlice at Pharyngula, I’m hearing that there’s some news worth a listen. This here is James Boyce, who had been upset that Yoko was selling out to the slime of humanity, but then learned more:

I never thought that someone, far less Ben Stein, would take a song as famous as “Imagine” and use it in his film without permission.

However, I have learned that in fact Yoko Ono did not license the song for use in the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, and any use of the song in that film is being made without authorization.

Let’s just. . . savor the moment, shall we?

Ethan Smith at the Wall Street Journal has a piece too. It’s behind a paywall, but going through Google News gets the full story. Smith writes,

Ms. Ono’s lawyer, Jonas Herbsman, of Shukat, Arrow, Hafer, Weber & Herbsman, said in an interview Wednesday: “It was not licensed.” With respect to the filmmakers, he says: “We are exploring all options.” It is not clear what remedies if any may be available to Ms. Ono.

Damn, but this is entertaining. I think the next logical step is for Premise Media to sue Yoko Ono. Right?

Smith also says that the Expelled producers had legally obtained rights to use the Killers’ song “All These Things That I’ve Done.” This goes against the insistence of the Killers’ message board moderators, so somebody has miscommunicated somewhere.

AFTERTHOUGHT: Several commenters here and there are saying that this must all be a ploy to get the Expelled sleaze-fest some publicity. Because there isn’t a real Darwinist conspiracy, they’ll bloody well piss enough people off that they’ll get the smack down and then whine about being repressed. I can’t wait for the next attention-whoring gambit from Premise Media: at this rate, the only way they’ll top themselves is when Ben Stein gets caught with a pound of pure.

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