Michael Jackson’s estate will begin making its case to a jury that a businessman working with the singer’s mother should be forced to pay millions of dollars for infringing on several copyrights.
The amount is the sole issue at stake in a trial set to begin on Tuesday against Howard Mann, who has collaborated with Katherine Jackson on several projects, including a book.
A judge has already ruled that Mann violated Jackson estate copyrights and ordered his website shut down. His attorneys argue the estate doesn’t actually own the proper rights and the ruling should be tossed out, but a judge has refused to reconsider his ruling.
The infringed works include cover art from Jackson’s posthumous film “This Is It,” and a silhouette of the singer dancing to his hit “Smooth Criminal.”
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