Stephen Harper's John Lennon Cover Pulled from YouTube over Copyright Violations
Published Apr 06, 2011There's a lot of mudslinging going on in the current Canadian election campaign, but the most recent blow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative party was not dealt by an opposing political rival, but by John Lennon and Yoko Ono's publishing company. Last week, Harper performed a version of Lennon classic "Imagine" with viral singing sensation Maria Aragon, but the clip has now been removed from YouTube.
As of today (April 6), the performance has been lifted from the video website for copyright reasons, CBC reports. "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Lenono Music" reads a message on the pulled video. Lennon's widow, Ono, owns the rights to "Imagine" through Lenono Music.
You can still catch the performance, which took place on March 29 at ten-year-old Aragon's parents place in Winnipeg, over here at the CBC, as well as a video taken from a different angle here, which you can also see below (at least as of press time).
Aragon first came to fame earlier this year after her cover of a Lady Gaga song garnered praise all across the web, and from Gaga herself. She performed with the pop star at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on March 3 and the crowd went wild. Her duet with the prime minister has clearly not been so hotly received.
Just a reminder, the general election takes place May 2.