A hard-working heavy metal rocker is in danger of losing her identity all because Yoko Ono wants to destroy another career for having the name Lennon. Lennon Murphy, a singer/songwriter whose band is called Lennon, has been sued by Yoko for “tarnishment” of her widow’s name and for “fraudulently” registering the name as a trademark. In court papers, Yoko is claiming that Murphy is intentionally exploiting the name, confusing people by using it and wants the trademark cancelled.
Murphy shot back on her MySpace page that Yoko and her lawyer were asked back in 2000 about using the name for her debut CD and they didn’t object. Murphy writes “If Yoko prevails, Lennon might never be able to tour or release records using the name Lennon.”