[Music News] Michael Jackson BMAs hologram proved to be rip off in front of Nevada court officers #Getmybuzzup
Michael Jackson BMAs hologram proved to be rip off
by Tom Paul Jones
Hologram USA won an emergency court order giving access backstage during the performance
The controversial holographic representation of Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas was performed despite a request for an injunction by Hologram USA. But Judge Nancy J. Koppe of the Nevada court ordered last minute emergency access and lawyers from both sides entered the backstage area of MGM with court videographers.
Accounts indicate that the technology used for the Jackson hologram was indeed that owned by Alki David‘s Hologram USA and Musion Das Hologram, which directly contradicts Pulse Entertainment CEO John Textor’s claim to the court that it was not using the same technology. Hologram USA’s attorneys and Musion CEO Giovanni Palma were also present for the inspection, as well as lawyers for the Jackson Estate. Read the full account of the lawsuit here.)
There was quite a bit of tension backstage as the team inspected every aspect of the set up to create the hologram. And that tension turned into real drama when the visit also proved that James Rock, an ex-employee of Musion Das Hologram, was backstage working on the Michael Jackson hologram, despite the fact that Textor told the court Rock was not involved, and was not even in Las Vegas. The court videographers interviewed Rock backstage at the MGM.
It was as Rock was talking to the court officials that Textor went into an apoplectic, screaming, rampage, seemingly trying to clear the room. Accounts form those on the scene tell TV Mix that Textor screamed, “Get the f*ck out!”
When Textor began to threaten lawsuits against Palma’s Musion, Palma reportedly told him, “Alki will eat you.”
Meanwhile Hologram USA’s attorney issued a statement:
“Pursuant to a court order issued Sunday afternoon, Holgram USA was able to inspect the equipment used by Defendants to produce the Michael Jackson hologram,” said Hologram USA’s attorney Ryan G. Baker of Baker Marquart. “Based on that inspection, which Defendants had earlier refused to permit, it is apparent that Defendants have infringed Plaintiffs’ patents. Plaintiffs will continue to take discovery to bring Defendants’ misdeeds out of the shadows and into the light.”
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The suit was filed Thursday against John Textor and his Florida-based Pulse Enteretainment along with Prometheus Global Media, which owns Billboard, Dick Clark Productions and the Michael Jackson Estate.
The suit points out that Hologram USA has the North American license for Musion’s Eyeliner technology which is the most advanced form of holographic representation available.
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