Michael Jackson’s life is featured in some soon-to-be released movies. However, images and music not authorized by the estate.

Lifetime and Netflix will be releasing films about Michael Jackson soon but the films won’t include his music, according to TMZ in “Michael Jackson Estate Hey Lifetime & Netflix … Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes.

Neither movie has been authorized by Michael Jackson’s estate. That means the filmmakers do not have permission to use Jackson’s image, likeness or his music.

The estate is expected to watch the films carefully, to see if they contain any unauthorized content. If they do, a lawsuit is expected.

It is not certain why the networks did not get permission to use Jackson’s music. It is likely the result of the estate wanting too much money and the networks not wanting to give editorial control to the estate over the contents of the films.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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