As ABC disassociates itself from one controversy, a new lawsuit has has thrust the network back into the spotlight of scrutiny.
This time it’s via the estate of Michael Jackson, who have today filed a lawsuit against the channel.
Reps for the King Of Pop had expressed their disapproval of the broadcast of ‘The Last Days Of Michael Jackson’ and now are following through with a legal clapback.
And while MJ’s position as a public figure likely made it difficult to approach any such suit from a defamatory stance, his Estate are centering their filing on copyright. Specifically what they claim is was a disregard for theirs.
In a statement issued to media moments ago, lawyers for the Estate announced the following:
Today, the Estate of Michael Jackson filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against The Walt Disney Company and ABC for their willful and intentional infringements of dozens of copyrights owned by the Estate that were used, without permission, in the ABC prime time special “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” broadcast last week.
“Disney and ABC committed willful and intentional copyright infringement when they used the Estate’s copyrighted materials without the Estate’s permission. Disney’s conduct here was particularly surprising given that it has no tolerance for anyone using its copyrighted material in even the most trivial of manners. Disney and ABC’s conduct is also contrary to law and industry practice, and despite several cautionary letters from the Estate to Disney and ABC attorneys. Disney and ABC never sought the Jackson Estate’s permission to use any of the material owned by the Estate in the broadcast.Can you imagine using Disney’s intellectual property – like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Star Wars, The Avengers, Toy Story, and so many other works – without asking Disney’s permission or getting a license? The Estate has no choice but to vigorously protect its intellectual property, which is the lifeblood of its business.”