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    The mj estate are suing disney for some reason i dont know the excat details but was wondering if someone knows why

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    That case started in 2018 and they’re suing over unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a crappy documentary.
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    oh ok thanks

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    Default Re: mj estate suing disney

    Could this be connected to the simpsons removing Mjs episode on Disney+?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8701girl View Post
    The mj estate are suing disney for some reason i dont know the excat details but was wondering if someone knows why
    It's always a good idea to google these questions for oneself, before starting a thread for them. This lawsuit is from May, 2018. It also doesn't have anything to do with Disney shelving the Simpson's episode....not unless Disney shelved the episode this year, because the MJ Estate sued them last year!

    Michael Jackson’s Estate Sues Disney, ABC over TV special
    By ANDREW DALTON
    May 31, 2018

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson sued ABC and parent company Disney on Wednesday, saying a two-hour documentary on the singer’s last days improperly used the King of Pop’s songs, music videos and movies.

    The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles 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.”

    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 lawsuit alleges at least 30 violations and 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.

    “Like Disney, the lifeblood of the estate’s business is its intellectual property,” the lawsuit says. “Yet for some reason, Disney decided it could just use the estate’s most valuable intellectual property for free.”

    Representatives from ABC said they had not yet reviewed the lawsuit but reiterated a statement from last week that the special was a piece of journalism and “did not infringe on his estate’s rights.”

    As a work of news, the special would be entitled to fair use of excerpts of Jackson’s work, but the lawsuit dismisses the idea that the documentary had any news value, calling it “a mediocre look back at Michael Jackson’s life and entertainment career.”

    The lawsuit says warning letters sent to Disney attorneys before the airing went unanswered.

    The special focused on Jackson’s apparent decline in the run-up to his death on June 25, 2009. The 50-year-old left behind heirs that include his mother and three children.

    Jackson died of acute intoxication of propofol, a prescription anesthetic he had been taking as a sleep aid during preparations for a series of comeback concerts.

    Former cardiologist Conrad Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson a fatal dose of the drug. He served two years in jail, and his conviction was upheld in 2014.


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    thanks mikky i just saw it on twitter and wondered bout it

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    From fans on Twitter:

    Disney has SETTLED OUT OF COURT with the Michael Jackson Estate.

    Disney and the Michael Jackson Estate have come to a resolution concerning ABC's 'The Last Days of Michael Jackson,' which premiered in May 2018 and used excerpts from 'This Is It' and other works from the singer.
    A lawsuit raising allegations of copyright hypocrisy and the sanctity of fair use suddenly ends.

    Disney and the Michael Jackson Estate have come to a resolution concerning ABC's The Last Days of Michael Jackson, which premiered in May 2018 and used excerpts from This Is It and other works from the singer, including music videos for "Thriller" and "Black or White."

    Soon after the two-hour documentary aired, various Michael Jackson-related outfits brought a copyright complaint with sharp words about Disney's wide-ranging efforts over the years to protect its own intellectual property. The suit contained colorful examples of Disney's proactive IP protection, including once suing a couple on public assistance for wearing costumes at children's parties and sending takedown notices over consumers posting Star Wars pictures.

    "In light of all of this, the plaintiffs in this case...were genuinely shocked when they watched Disney's prime-time two-hour television program," stated the complaint, adding that Last Days was "simply a mediocre look back at Michael Jackson's life and entertainment career."

    The tension then escalated when Disney tapped star litigator Daniel Petrocelli for a scathing response.

    "This case is about the right of free speech under the First Amendment, the doctrine of fair use under the Copyright Act, and the ability of news organizations to use limited excerpts of copyrighted works — here, in most instances well less than 1% of the works — for the purpose of reporting on, commenting on, teaching about, and criticizing well-known public figures of interest in biographical documentaries without fear of liability from overzealous copyright holders."

    Without much further court action, the case is now over.

    On Wednesday, the parties stipulated to dismissal of the action with prejudice, meaning the claims may not be refiled. Details of the full settlement between the parties weren't revealed in court papers. Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate, says simply that the dispute has been "amicably resolved."

    The case may be over, but many of the attorneys involved — including Petrocelli and Weitzman — have moved onto a legal fight over a different documentary: HBO's Leaving Neverland, which is currently the subject of a consequential appeal.

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    So what does this means? the estate won?



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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    So what does this means? the estate won?
    Apparently. Yes. Disney knew they didn’t have the Estate’s permission for using his tracks in the damning special, so they don’t wanna keep dealing with it. So now the Estate can focus on fighting HBO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoP View Post
    Apparently. Yes. Disney knew they didn’t have the Estate’s permission for using his tracks in the damning special, so they don’t wanna keep dealing with it. So now the Estate can focus on fighting HBO.
    Kinda wild considering they own captain eo & could've easily used that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderouzmj View Post
    Kinda wild considering they own captain eo & could've easily used that....
    Well, when some people die, some people think they can do what they want to do. Look at those 2 liars in LN and others who want to make money off MJ.
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    Well at least that's one less thing to worry about. hooray! they won!

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