2018-05-31 17:16:46 UTC
Last week, just hours before it debuted, news broke that the Michael Jackson
estate was not happy with a two-hour ABC special dedicated to the King of Pops
final moments. MJs estate claimed that the documentary, The Last Days of
Michael Jackson, was in no way sponsored or approved by the late stars family
and described the project as exploitative.
On Wednesday, they went ahead and sued ABC, along with its parent company
Disney, citing improper use of Jacksons songs (Billie Jean, Bad,) videos
(Thriller, Black and White,) and movies (Michael Jacksons This Is It and
Michael Jacksons Journey From Motown to Off The Wall), Associated Press
According to AP, the lawsuit dismisses any inherent value in the doc and refers
to the special as a mediocre look back at Michael Jacksons life and
The lawsuit alleges at least 30 violations and seeks unspecified damages and an
injunction against further use of the estates intellectual property.
It frequently cites Disneys 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 lawsuit further stated: Like Disney, the lifeblood of the estates business
is its intellectual property. Yet for some reason, Disney decided it could just
use the estates most valuable intellectual property for free.