Yoko Goes to Court Over Lennon Footage

Will world ever see pot-smoking videos?
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 12:22 PM CDT
Yoko Ono Lennon, wife of the late Beatles front man John Lennon.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Yoko Ono is headed to court to fight for the copyright to 9 hours of raw footage of her late husband shot before the Beatles broke up in 1970. In the videos, John Lennon smokes pot, writes songs—Remember and Mind Games—blow-dries Yoko's hair and contemplates slipping LSD into Richard Nixon’s tea. Yoko is battling a Massachusetts-based company over rights to the footage, Reuters reports.

World Wide Video bought the footage for $1 million in 2000 from Ono’s first husband, who shot it; the company has cut it into a 2-hour documentary entitled “3 Days in the Life.” The film was nearly premiered last year, before Ono’s lawyers intervened. Ono claims she bought the tapes and the copyright back through a Florida man.