Michael Jackson’s estate sues Disney over ‘Last Days’ documentary

A film on the singer's last days aired on the Disney-owned ABC last week

Michael Jackson‘s estate has sued the Walt Disney Co and US TV network ABC over a documentary about the star.

ABC, who broadcasted a documentary about the singer’s last days last week (May 24), is owned by Disney.

According to the lawsuit, the two-hour film The Last Days Of Michael Jackson used his songs and music videos without permission. “Like Disney, the lifeblood of the estate’s business is its intellectual property,” the complaint read, according to the BBC. “Yet for some reason, Disney decided it could just use the estate’s most valuable intellectual property for free.”

Court documents claim the estate made its objections to the material being used in the documentary known before it aired. Disney’s legal team have responded to the legal action, saying the inclusion of copyrighted music fell under “fair use” because of the nature of the documentary. Representatives for ABC added the film “did not infringe on his estate’s right.”

The Last Days Of Michael Jackson traced the star’s rise to success, his childhood in Gary, Indiana, and his death in 2009. It featured never-before-seen interviews with Jackson, as well as with his friends and family.

Meanwhile, the original shoes worn by Jackson during his first moonwalk went to auction last week (May 26). They were available to bid on alongside several other pieces of memorabilia.