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Music Legal News: Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, and Flavor Flav

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The upcoming Billboard Music Awards does not air until this Sunday, but there is already trouble brewing, stemming from the possible hologram of Michael Jackson.

On Thursday in a Nevada federal court, Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd, the companies behind the hologram of Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012, has sued the Jackson estate and producers of the Billboard Music Awards, asking a federal judge to block any appearance of a Jackson hologram at Sunday’s ceremony. Both companies, who patent their technologies, are claiming their product Musion Eyeliner was used without authorization by a competitor creating the Jackson hologram.

Representatives for Dick Clark Productions (producers for the Billboard Music Awards) and the Jackson estate have not commented, and the hologram has not been confirmed. However, during a hearing in a Las Vegas court, a judge ruled the hologram can be used during the Billboard Music Awards, as it was found there wash't enough evidence for a violation to Hologram USA Inc and Musion Das Hologram Ltd.

In other legal news, the case between Paul Simon and Edie Brickell is set to continue until June 17th in a Superior Court in Norwalk, Connecticut. Both are charged with disorderly conduct following a argument back in April, which resulted in assault claims and injuries from both sides, though there are no feelings of threat, and no protective order issued.

Meanwhile, the speeding case of Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav has been postponed until July 11th. The charges stemmed from an arrest made, when the rapper and reality TV personality was caught speeding, as he trying to arrive at his mother’s funeral. He is expected to return to court on July 11th.


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