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Good Grief: Owners of Charlie Brown Song Sue Dollywood

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    Good Grief: Owners of Charlie Brown Song Sue Dollywood
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    **FILE**In this promotional image provided by ABC TV, Charlie Brown and Linus appear in a scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas, which ABC will air Dec. 6 and Dec. 16 to commemorate the classic animated cartoon's 40th anniversary. The animated special was created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in 1965. (AP Photo/ABC, 1965 United Feature Syndicate Inc.,File)

    The copyright owners of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" theme song have sued Dollywood in federal court for copyright infringement.

    News outlets report the complaint says the East Tennessee theme park named for country star Dolly Parton has used the song without permission in live Christmas performances since 2007.

    The lawsuit says Los Angeles-based Lee Mendelson Film Productions owns the copyright and is asking for $150,000 for every time the song has been used.

    According to the suit, "Christmas Time is Here" was written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 television special "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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    Dollywood said it is aware of the lawsuit but declined to comment on pending litigation.