The estate of Michael Jackson has accused the Walt Disney Company and its subsidiary ABC of copyright infringement. The claim alleges that a TV documentary about Jackson used a total of 30 different copyright-protected works without permission. These include the songs 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It' and 'Don't Stop 'Til you get Enough'.
The claim also alleges the Disney attorney said use of the material was 'fair' because the program was a documentary.
Michael Colledge appears in World IP Review explaining that "the success of Disney's argument that the material has been used fairly will depend on how much of the copyright material has been used".
Michael Jackson's estate takes on Disney for copyright infringement is available to read on the World IP Review via subscription.
Michael is a senior associate in the litigation team. His main area of practice to date has been related to a wide variety of commercial litigation. The majority of Michael's work involves significant claims in the High Court with cases also in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. More recently, Michael has developed expertise in regulatory, insurance law and intellectual property disputes.