Christmas time isn’t here yet, but it won’t be long before we all be watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and hearing Chuck and the gang singing the familiar chorus of “Christmas Time Is Here.” We may not get to hear it at Dollywood’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” show though.
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According to Knoxville Tennessee’s WJHL, Lee Mendelson, who wrote the popular theme from the holiday special, is suing Dollywood for copyright infringement. Mendelson learned that the theme park has been using the song in their production since 2007 and although the park was put on notice last year, they allegedly have not yet secured the proper licensing.
Mendelson is not telling Dollywood that they can’t use the song, he’s simply asking to be paid the royalties he has earned for past use and requests that they cease using “Christmas Time is Here” until the proper documents have been secured.
Specifically, Lee Mendelson Film Productions is requesting payment of $150,000 for each performance of the song since 2007, along with reimbursement for attorney fees.
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You can hear the song hear at around the 32-minute mark:
And here’s the Peanuts version of “Christmas Time is Here”:
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas show is set to begin on November 18th and continues through January.