Jackson Estate Scores Victory Over Bogus Heal The World Website
The executors of MICHAEL JACKSON's estate have won an injunction against the founder of a bogus Heal the World Foundation website who used the name of the late star's defunct charity to promote unofficial merchandise.
Jackson's estate executors sued the owners of the foundation for copyright infringement last year (09), claiming they had misled consumers into giving donations.
A Federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against foundation president Melissa Johnson on Monday (26Apr10), ruling she had set up the site to "convey to consumers a false affiliation with Michael Jackson".
According to TMZ.com, Johnson attempted to register at least 40 trademarks with a direct connection to the hitmaker, who founded his charitable Heal the World Foundation in 1992. The charity was inspired by his single of the same name. Jackson's foundation later dissolved.
Johnson is required to stop "exploiting Michael Jackson's name, image and likeness" as part of the court order.