2009年10月05日 付

17位(先週24位) キング・オブ・ポップ - ジャパン・エディション
149位(153位) エッセンシャル・マイケル・ジャクソン
164位(180位) ナンバーワンズ
229位(234位) スリラー

28位(27位) ライブ・イン・ブカレスト



(要旨)「THIS IS IT」発売のプレスカンファレンスで、AEGのティム・ライウィキ社長は世間のマイケル・ジャクソンに対してのAEGの扱いが悪いという認識に驚いた。多くのファンはマイケルはコンサートを10公演のみ望んでいてAEGがもっと多くの公演をするように強制したと思っているからであった。

■AEG President Speaks
Friday, September 25th 2009

At a press conference to discuss the release of "This Is It", AEG President, Tim Leiweke, was dismayed at the public perception of wrongdoing by the company towards Michael. Many fans believe that he wanted to perform only ten concerts and was forced to accept responsibility for more. Tim Leiweke's opinion is that the company were giving Michael 'a second chance' and the opportunity to make the kind of comeback he was dreaming of. He went on to say, "And that we created an environment for him that was probably the best environment that the guy had the last ten or fifteen years of his life. And I'm very proud of the way we treated Michael, and very proud of the partnership that we had with him. And this movie is an opportunity to celebrate that and we could get past all of the gossip and all of the innuendo."

Also present at the press conference were the dancers and singers who rehearsed with Michael until just hours before his death on June 25th.

Source: Google & MJWN



■Neverland Ferris Wheel
Monday, September 21st 2009

The Ferris Wheel from Michael’s Neverland Ranch was sold when Michael left the Ranch. It was bought by Archway Amusements Corporation and is now touring fairgrounds in the Midwest.

Source: AP & MJWN


(要旨)遺産管理人(ジョン・ブランカ、ジョン・マクレーン)は、「マイケル・ジャクソン」や「キング・オブ・ポップ」、「スリラー」、「ネバーランド」など38以上の単語やフレーズを不法に権利化しようとしているとして、「Heal The World Foundation(以下 HTWF )」を運営するメリッサ・ジョンソンを訴えた。


■Jackson Estate Sues HTW Foundation
(30-09-09) A charity that is claiming a connection to Michael Jackson and was exposed by CBS News on August 11, 2009 is now being sued by the Michael Jackson estate. The story by CBS News called into question the legitimacy of the charity’s connection to the King of Pop.

The Jackson estate claims that Melissa Johnson, who runs the “Heal the World Foundation” out of an office in Palm Desert, California is “unlawfully seeking trademarks using the name ‘Michael Jackson.’ Johnson is also seeking trademarks of the phrases “King of Pop,” “Thriller,” “Neverland” and 38 more with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Jackson's estate has applied for trademarks of similar terms.

The suit also states that Jackson created a charity based on his hit "Heal the World" in 1992, but that it dissolved a decade later in 2002. "Defendants' acts of infringement and unfair competition have been committed with the intent to cause confusion, mistake and to deceive," the lawsuit claims. The current Heal the World Foundation was formed in 2008 and trademarked its name.

The administrators of Jackson's estate - attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain - have a probate court's authority to protect Jackson's image and likeness and prevent sales of unauthorized merchandise.

In a press release, Branca is quoted as saying that the estate took action in an effort “to be vigilant in protecting Michael’s legacy from unauthorized exploitation and in protecting Michael’s fans from being deceived.”

The complaint, which was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, indicates that the foundation's claim of a link to the Jackson legacy is causing confusion among those who want to license the Jackson name. For example, the complaint alleges that "when one of the largest toy manufacturers wished to obtain a license to produce and distribute toys bearing Michael Jackson's trademarks...this toy manufacturer approached [the Heal the World Foundation]."

The foundation’s website calls for monthly donations, vehicle donations and lists 21 organizations and/or individuals seeking approval to run fundraisers connected to the foundation.

A note on the Heal the World Foundation’s website indicates that all charitable work has been suspended as of July 31, 2009. It also indicates that “Before Mr. Jackson's passing we were in the process of setting up the initiatives for a future launch which was to be with Mr. Jackson's direct involvement.” But the Jackson estate says the founding of Michael Jackson’s original “Heal the World Foundation” in 1992 “had no connection to the defendants and, in fact, became dormant before he died.” The lawsuit claims the current Heal the World Foundation had no relationship with Jackson or his family.

Source: MJFC / cbsnews.com / jam.canoe.ca / special thanks to Jana for bringing this to our attention!

THIS IS ITコンサート記念チケットの発送


■MJ Souvenir Tickets - Dispatch Update
(01-10-2009) Ticketmaster recently published the following statement on their website for those fans who selected to receive their Souvenir Tickets for the 02 Concerts in London.

"As of today, 28th September, souvenir ticket dispatch is ongoing. If you have not received your souvenir tickets yet, you can expect to do so over the next couple of weeks or so."

Source: MJFC / Ticketmaster / Image courtesy of AEG Live


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