21 Jun 2010
Note from Bonnie Vent: For those that still feel the estate is to the benefit of the family, this should point out the truth. The website mentioned in this article is also selling t-shirts with trademarks that do not belong to them. The estate has already given those rights exclusively to another company who is actively going after violators of their legal rights. I agree with TMZ, there is going to be a showdown. It could get very interesting if the estate winds up suing the family for violating licensing rights to their son's songs and merchandise. Remember Katherine receives an allowance from the estate, she has no legal rights. The estate is making multi-million dollar deals, while she receives a set amount. She earns no money on the deals made by the estate. If she did she would not be doing this. Katherine Jackson is making it very clear that the estate is not benefiting her or Michael Jackson's children by engaging in these deals.
Showdown Between Katherine and MJ Estate
TMZ has learned Katherine Jackson has gone into multiple businesses with a man who promotes online nude gambling -- and the stage is now set for a showdown between Katherine and the Michael Jackson estate.
Katherine met Howard Mann five months ago. We're told she instantly liked him, began inviting him to her grandson's basketball games and other events, and then they started talking about publishing a book.
The book -- "Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Archives" -- is being published this week and sold online at www.jacksonsecretvault.com.
But there's more. Mann tells us he and Katherine are producing a biopic on Katherine Jackson's life. And he says they're going into business to sell 273 unreleased MJ tracks. Mann bought a storage locker owned by the Jackson family after they didn't pay the storage bill. There was a treasure trove of stuff in the locker, including the 273 tracks, along with 19,800 photos.
But we've learned the Michael Jackson estate is drawing a line in the sand. Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman tells TMZ, "Mr. Mann can listen to the tracks in his living room or play them at cocktail parties, but he has absolutely no right to the intellectual property and has no claim to the music."