BOSTON (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Lawrence, Mass.-based company that wants to show rare, intimate footage of John Lennon despite objections raised by his widow.

U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel on Wednesday accepted Yoko Ono’s motion to reject claims by World Wide Video LLC that Ono’s attempts to stop the company from showing the footage publicly is a copyright infringement.

The company claims it owns the 10 hours of raw footage shot at Lennon’s England estate almost four decades ago, before the Beatles breakup. But Ono claims she is the rightful owner of the material and wants to keep the material private. The court has not ruled on the ownership issue.

The footage shows Lennon hunched over a piano, smoking marijuana, and joking about putting LSD in President Richard Nixon’s tea.

An attorney for World Wide Video did not immediately return calls for comment.

AP-ES-05-21-08 1818EDT


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