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A website which featured memorabilia from the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has been shut down due to copyright infringement.
According to Reuters, Howard Mann worked with family matriarch, Katherine Jackson, to create books and other images in the hopes of creating “MichaelJacksonSecretVault.com” and “MjGives.com.” However, a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that the images and materials featured on the listed websites “infringed on the dead singer’s property.”
U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote in his decision, “There is undisputed evidence that (Mann) intended in bad faith to profit from use of Jackson's name, by registering multiple domain names containing his name or the initials 'MJ' to sell Jackson-related products."
According to the report, Michael Jackson’s estate holds the copyright to both the singer's image and music.
L.A. Times reports that Katherine previously worked with Mann to construct a coffee-table book and had given him her blessings. Katherine later sold the book and reaped in a small portion of the profits. According to the Times, Katherine has told executors of the estate, John Branca and John McClain, to “leave Howard alone.”