However, a spokesperson for the ABC News denied that the contents of the special infringe on their rights.

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Prior to the airing of the special, the Estate publicly, calling it “another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael’s legacy, intellectual property rights or his children.”

The estate also noted that “ABC intends to use music and other intellectual property owned by the Estate such as photos, logos, artwork, and more in the program itself, without having licensed the rights to any such material.”

However, a spokesperson for the ABC News denied that the contents of the special infringe on their rights.

“ABC News’ documentary explores the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide. The program does not infringe on his estate’s rights, but as a courtesy, we removed a specific image from the promotional material.”

An ABC News spokesperson reiterated that stance when contacted by TheWrap for comment on Wednesday’s lawsuit. :

“We have not yet had an opportunity to review the complaint,” the spokesperson said. “The ABC News’ documentary explored the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide, and did not infringe on his estate’s rights.”

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