The two-hour special called “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” used his songs and music videos without permission, the estate claims. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
“Like Disney, the lifeblood of the estate’s business is its intellectual property,” the law suit stated. “Yet for some reason, Disney decided it could just use the estate’s most valuable intellectual property for free.”
ABC and Disney have not yet responded to the law suit.
Jackson has led Forbes’ list of the highest-earning dead celebrities five years running, with an estimated $75 million last year.