Charlie Brown isn’t about to let Dolly Parton‘s theme park get away with using his famous Christmas tune — at least not on the watch of the song’s cowriter.
Lee Mendelson‘s manufacturing firm is suing Dollywood for utilizing the music “Christmas Time Is Here” in a play the amusement park places on every year. Lee cowrote the music — famously featured in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — and his manufacturing studio owns the copyright.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Mendelson’s firm says it just lately grew to become conscious Dollywood weaves the observe into its stage play, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which LM’s staff claims has been taking place, with out permission, since ’07.
The use of the music is not any secret … yow will discover clips of the efficiency on-line, during which the forged sings the observe. The iconic piano melody reveals up as background music too.
Mendelson and co. say Dollywood has been profiting off the unauthorized use of the vacation traditional for years, and although Mendelson’s firm put the park on discover final 12 months … Dollywood’s but to get the correct licensing.
To be clear … Dolly herself is NOT being sued. Charlie Brown’s nonetheless cool along with her.
Mendelson is demanding Dollywood to pay up for the previous makes use of, and cease utilizing the music sooner or later … till it makes a licensing deal. Good grief!