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Michael Jackson’s Estate Sues ABC

May 30, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The estate of the King of Pop filed a lawsuit today against ABC and parent company Disney alleging that the network’s two-hour Michael Jackson documentary improperly used Jackson’s songs, music videos and movies, the AP reports.

“The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles and obtained by The Associated Press alleges that last week’s special, ‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson,’ illegally uses significant excerpts of his most valuable songs, including ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Bad,’ and music videos, including ‘Thriller’ and ‘Black or White,'” the AP reports. “It also says ABC used clips from the estate’s 2016 Spike Lee-directed documentary, ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall,’ and from the 2009 feature film ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It.’”

The report notes that the suit alleges at least 30 violations. It seeks unspecified damages and an injunction against further use of the estate’s intellectual property.

“It frequently cites Disney’s aggressive defense of its own copyrights and its normally narrow view of ‘fair use,’ the doctrine in copyright law that says short excerpts can be used for news, criticism and research,” the report adds.

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