A Los Angeles federal court approved a settlement between Michael Jackson’s estate and the
The estate sued Disney in 2018 for using its copyrighted works in ABC’s “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” without permission. In the complaint, the estate said Disney’s media business “depends on its intellectual property” and “its zeal to protect its own intellectual property from infringements, real or imagined, often knows no bounds.”
“In light of all this,” the complaint said the estate was “genuinely shocked” when they saw the use of “dozens” of Jackson’s works in the ABC documentary. Disney never approached the estate to obtain licenses to the works, the complaint said.
Jackson’s estate requested dismissal of the case Dec. 18. The court gave its final approval of the settlement Dec. 23.
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP represented the estate. O’Melveny & Myers LLP represented Disney.
The case is MJJ Prods. Inc. v. Walt Disney Co., C.D. Cal., No. 2:18-cv-04761, 12/23/19.