Michael Jackson estate sues over products in Japan
TOKYO (AP) - Michael Jackson's estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging that they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission.
The lawsuit filed in Tokyo District Court last month does not seek money but demands the actions stop. It names Mr Ryosuke Matsuura and three companies, Michael Jackson Asian Rights, Michael Jackson Enterprises and Michael Jackson World.
The companies run elaborate online sites that proclaim it owns the rights to Jackson products in Asia, displays photos of the singer, and sells 2,100 yen (S$27) towels, 525 yen post cards and 10,000 yen lighters that have his image plastered on them.
The estate said it wants to protect its legitimate partners and preserve the legacy of Jackson, who died in California in 2009 from an anesthetic overdose.