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Michael Jackson Estate

MJ Belts Are Bogus!

5/27/2010 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

An extremely fancy belt commemorating Michael Jackson -- and allegedly "sanctioned" by Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson -- can be yours for the bargain basement price of $1,500 -- problem is ... the whole thing may be illegal.

Michael Jackson Estate
Check out this picture we got -- showing Joe and Katherine Jackson signing one of the belts ... and according to the official website promoting the belts, MJ's three kids -- Prince, Paris, and Blanket -- also signed their names.

Here's the problem.  The belts feature several images trademarked by Michael Jackson -- including dancing feet, MJ's silhouette and the MJ crest -- and MJ's estate must authorize any commercial use of those trademarks, as well as MJ's name or image.


So of course we called MJ estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, who said the belts were news to him and that the executors never authorized the sale. Weitzman says, "The Trustees of the Estate of Michael Jackson did not authorize the making or the sale of the Michael Jackson Tribute Belts."  Weitzman continues, "We would never condone the use of Michael's children's signatures to promote the sale of merchandise."

We haven't found out who's behind the website ...  but Jerry Olivarez, a PR guy and friend of the Jackson family, has been touting the sale of the belts.  We're told the site goes live today and 7,000 belts will go up for sale.  And, there will be an auction for the belt signed by Joe, Katherine, and the kids -- opening bid is $5 grand.

Attempts to speak with Olivarez were unsuccessful.

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Raejean    

Chico, et al. It's a big deal because they are NOT entitled to make money from using their son's name or image. They have benefited tremendously in their lifetimes already from his success. MJ's earnings have supported the entire family except maybe Janet at times. Joe is NOT entitled to a "family allowance" (whatever the hell THAT is). MJ already paid them back amply for whatever was done for him. And the restrictions now are to protect the interests of his kids from being abused by any and all Jackson family members who want to milk the cash cow of being related to a famous dead man.



Oh, there will be a reckoning some day when those children are grown up and realize how much was siphoned off.

1415 days ago
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Michaelover    

Hey, did you guys hear about the Michael
Jackson special, Gone Too Soon, that TV Guide Network's airing June 25th?

1403 days ago
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MOSES New-Reh    

im a big fan of mj and i love him alot and i miss him very much and i wish hewas here right now

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