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DOLLYWOOD SUED BY PRODUCTION COMPANY BEHIND PEANUTS GANG SPECIAL

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A lawsuit was filed on Dollywood Tuesday in U.S. District County in Knoxville by Lee Mendelson Film Productions, the production company behind the Peanuts gang holiday specials. The lawsuit alleges Dollywood had a “blatant disregard of the exclusive rights” when it used the song “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Lee Mendelson produced many of the Charlie Brown specials beginning in 1963 and co-authored the song. The company is asking for $150,000 for each time the song was used in one of Dollywood’s stage show productions and attorney’s fees. The indictment says Dollywood was given notice in September 2018 of the infringement but the park has not obtained a license for the song. The suit also says the park may have been using “Christmas Time is Here” as early as 2007. Dollywood officials did not comment regarding the lawsuit citing ongoing litigation.

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