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Was lyric change to song "Imagine" by Cee Lo Green authorized by Sony/ATV?
  • Petitioned Mr. Martin Bandier

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Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV
Mr. Martin Bandier

Was lyric change to song "Imagine" by Cee Lo Green authorized by Sony/ATV?

    1. Pepper Chomsky
    2. Petition by

      Pepper Chomsky

      Manhattan, NY

NO RELIGION TOO...As the world watched on New Year’s eve 2012 at 11:56pm Cee Lo Green sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” and changed the lyrics dealing with religion from “No religion too” to “All religions true”. This change drew worldwide criticism. While Cee-Lo Green is not an ordained minister, as the son of two clergy -- preacher man and preacher woman -- he's got the God trade in his bones. But even when disguised as a budding pop star, Cee-Lo's body language and vocal cadences -- the exaggerated motions and melodic leaps, the straight-up testifying -- are all about preaching the gospel.

Copyright laws are created to protect artists and their works of art. "Imagine" by John Lennon written in 1971 has become a worldwide anthem and as such has sovereignty with millions of people, perhaps billions around the globe. Sony/ATV holds the copyrights for the song and must be accountable for the change in lyrics that occurred on NBC New Years Eve, 2012.

Recent signatures


    1. Now is a good time!

      Pepper Chomsky
      Petition Organizer

      Well it looks like the religious wars are looming again...or are they already raging?
      Kind regards,

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. Letter to Secular Coalition for America

      Pepper Chomsky
      Petition Organizer

      Let's get really basic - Who is Sony/ATV? The world's largest music publishing company. Does Sony/ATV lobby Washington? Damn right they do! Is "Religion" your mandate? Damn right it is!
      Get off your lazy ass and stop shooting the rhetoric.
      You should be on the phone to every congressman and woman and complain about the change of lyric. I should have 10,000 signatures on my petition NOW. This is not a small sweep it under the rug issue - NBC, New Years Eve, in front of millions of viewers?
      I have just finished writing a book GOD CODE PEACE about the US counterculture and Christian religion - the kind that inspires martyrs like Mark David Chapman who in 2005 proclaimed “You have to understand, that I don’t think I truly thought that I was doing anything evil. I thought I was good. That this was a white knight kind of a thing—a crusade.” (NBC Dateline)
      Mark David Chapman in Attica prison for 31 years has been writing Christian religious tracts that have been distributed by his wife.

    4. Reached 25 signatures
    5. Montreal Bed-In for Peace

      Pepper Chomsky
      Petition Organizer

      John and Yoko's arrival in Montreal for their bed-in (May 26, 1969 to June 2, 1969) "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded on June 1, 1969

    6. Reached 10 signatures
    7. I am so in love with my supporters...and the memory of John Lennon.

      Pepper Chomsky
      Petition Organizer

      "Imagine" by John Lennon written in 1971 has become a worldwide anthem and as such has sovereignty with millions of people, perhaps billions around the globe.

      If you are concerned please use another address on petition - it is not published anyway - only used for political petitions!

      Must watch Youtube video below - Il mio contributo per "Imagine Anthem Of The World" . It will make you aware of the world-wide importance of this petition.

      Please sign up and circulate - this is a not for profit and will only serve the memory of John Lennon and his craft.

    8. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      As a musician no one but the artist his/herself should allowed to change or tamper with their work and its copyrights.

    • Frederick Oliver BURLINGTON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe John Lennon chose his words with intent and for some third rate no talent to change them for his own personal gain is unacceptable. If Cee Lo doesn't like the song he should write his own... Oh right, he can't.

    • Sheldon Rothfarb MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Even if someone doesn't understand or agree with a lyric in a song they have NO Right to Change It- and especially now that someone like JOHN LENNON can't criticize them

    • Yuka Azuma BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Gee-Lo is welcome and free to sing whatever he wants to sing, but nobody can change the lyric of IMAGINE. John Lennon was brave to propose to imagine the world without any religion. This is why this song is classic and beautiful. Imagine all the people living life in peace--which is a difficult task when the religions comes in. Changing the meaning of the song is totally disrespectful.

    • Pepper Chomsky MANHATTAN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      John Lennon captured the interest of the world because he asked us to look beyond the boundaries. He was a man dedicated to Peace. Cee Lo is part of a "Hell and Brimstone" evangelism. Vatican City, Feb 17, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News).- In remarks to the Pope and the College of Cardinals, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan outlined a seven-point “creative strategy of evangelization” to counter secularism and bring people to Jesus.

      Ask why was Cee Lo on NBC in New York singing Imagine on New Year's to begin with?


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