Michael Jackson’s Estate files suit against Disney

“The ABC News documentary explored the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide, and did not infringe on his estate’s rights,” the spokesman said.

Michael Jackson is bigger in death than he was in life...

Michael Jackson is bigger in death than he was in life…

The Estate of Michael Jackson filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against The Walt Disney Company and ABC.

The Estate claims the ABC prime time special “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” broadcast last week used Michael Jackson’s most valuable songs without permission.

Among other Estate copyrighted materials used, without permission by ABC and Disney, are recordings, like “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “Bad”, “Leave Me Alone” and substantial portions of Michael Jackson’s ground-breaking music videos like “Thriller”, “Black or White”, “Bad” and footage from Michael Jackson’s iconic live performances, including extensive footage from the “Triumph” tour with his brothers (owned by the Estate) and classic performances embodied  in the video specials “Michael Jackson: Live in Bucharest” and “Michael Jackson: Live at Wembley,” a key moment from the Estate’s 2016 Spike Lee directed documentary, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall.

In a statement, an ABC spokesman said the company has yet to review to the complaint.

“The ABC News documentary explored the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide, and did not infringe on his estate’s rights,” the spokesman said.

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