Yoko Ono’s Publishing Company Blocks Stephen Harper’s “Imagine” Video On Youtube

- Apr 6, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper performs piano with 10-year-old youtube sensation Maria Aragon

Lenono Music, the publishing company behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono's music, have had a video of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper performing Lennon's peace anthem "Imagine" with a 10-year-old girl pulled from Youtube for copyright violations.

In place of the video is now a message that states "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Lenono Music."

Harper, the leader of the right-leaning Conservative party, performed the song with Winnipeg youth Maria Aragon during an appearance kicking off his latest election campaign last week.

Although Youtube has yanked the video, other media outlets, like the Vancouver Sun, still have their footage of the performance online.

Harper, who's government recently purchased $14-$29 billion worth of F-35 fighter jets depending on who you talk to, has covered songs from The Beatles universe before.

At an Ottawa arts gala in 2009 the Prime Minister performed "With A Little Help From My Friends" accompanied by a symphony orchestra. That performance is still live on Youtube.

A cursory search of Youtube shows that Lenono Music hasn't made similar copyright violation requests against any number of other artists who've covered "Imagine," including:

Bill Clinton:

[video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0F_6plYyTM]

Neil Young

[video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3T8xr274q8]

Lady Gaga

[video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQRuYS_h-Vs]

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