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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Michael Jackson Back in Court with New Suit

It just seems that following a piece about Larry Seidlin with one about Michael Jackson is too much of a match to pass up. Seems that the ‘Gloved One’ is being sued and this time it has nothing to do with little children and his bedroom.

Apparently, director John Landis is tweaked that, for the last four years, Jackson hasn’t bothered to pony up any of the royalties for their collaborative “Thriller” video, along with the awesome documentary about the making of the video. You may stumble upon it on a VHH1 spinoff channel.

The suit alleges that: “After a spectacular theatrical premiere, the ‘Thriller’ video became a worldwide megahit and an iconic pop culture phenomemon that has continued to generate profits for defendants Optimum Prods. and Michael Jackson, who have wrongfully refused to pay or account for such profits to plaintiff."

The action accuses Jackson of “fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct” in failing to pay Landis 50% of the net proceeds. So my message to Judge Larry is make sure you get the residuals, Larry. You never know how much you might be worth in 20 years. Look at Neil Rogers, we are still selling his 'Best Of' tapes years later.

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