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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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91.

cate    

What next! I am not surprised to see Joe Jackson using the grandkids for exploitation and money but Katherine doesn't need the money - I am surprised by her! Just goes to show that everything MJ ever said about Joe was true. He is slime and trash. How DARE he exploit those kids for cash in his pocket. Whether the autographs are real or not, he is using their names and there is NO excuse for that! They should send him to jail. Joe needs therapy to accept the fact that HE cannot deal with the fact the MJ is dead and didn't leave a penny to him! MJ was clear and Joe will fight to the death to pcik any and every penny that he can from his dead son's soul.

1613 days ago
92.

Tellit    

64. Looks like the Jacksons won't stop 'till they get enough.
Michael would never authorise anyone using his children as marketing
puppets.
Posted at 6:54 AM on May 27, 2010 by Blanket
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For the Jacksons...as with all greedy people....
there is NO SUCH THING AS ENOUGH!
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Of ALL SINS....I HATE GREED the most!
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Because Greed is the only sin that can cause ALL the others. It is the most dangerous of all sins.
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It is the DEVIL.

1613 days ago
93.

Tellit    

32. 29. So then it must be Branca or McClain that leak to TMZ? I'd say Michael, but would he let his kids do this in the first place? Or is there more to the story?
Posted at 3:49 AM on May 27, 2010 by really?
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Branca & McClain would leak such a thing..had they ever gotten wind of it they would have set the Jacksons straight ASAP, cleaned it up, and kept it quiet. AND MICHAEL....HELL NO he wouldn't condone ANYTHING that exploits his children like this.
HELL NO! NO WAY!
Geezzzz, Michaels blood MUST be at boiling point since this has come to light!
MJ3 will be on the move within 2 months. Out of the states.
Posted at 4:21 AM on May 27, 2010 by Tellit
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CORRECTION!!!!! I was SO MAD...I didn't proof. SHUT THE DAMN PC DOWN!...going to do the same again now.
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those two sorry devils have me see reddddd!
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Should read....
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"Branca and McClain WOULD NEVER leak such a thing...."
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sorry...

1613 days ago
94.

Rainbow    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5SD25kb2K4

1613 days ago
95.

Sally    

I read that Grace the Nanny gave Jacko drugs before Murray did. Why isn't she arrested too??? Why did the GREEDY Jacko clan hire her back to watch over his kids?

1613 days ago
96.

Rainbow    


www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5SD25kb2K4



1613 days ago
97.

Rainbow    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5SD25kb2K4

1613 days ago
98.

Rudy    

I'm surprised they're not trying to sell the belt he was buried in (not yet, anyway). Maybe it's time for the courts to take a good look at that living situation before it's too late for those kids.

1613 days ago
99.

Ann    

Michael is prebably crying Right now. . . he loved his kids and didnt want anything bad happening to them he always pretected them with everything he had (the macarrony pasta mask and the blanket) and now they are been use.

Love you michael!!!
(P.s Your sis Janet Looked so amezing last night on american idol You would of been so happy.)

1613 days ago
100.

Tellit    

79. Has there ever been a lower form of life than Joe Jackson ?
Posted at 7:37 AM on May 27, 2010 by Ellis
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You should copyright this comment.
Be sure to use the name Joseph and his middle init. Don't want to get him confused with one of the many other innocent Joe Jacksons.
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lol
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ps: new nics abound!
lmao...

1613 days ago
101.

ItsYaGyrl    

Why are they doing this? Are they broke?

1613 days ago
102.

bunny93    

I can't believe this. I don't even know why Joe is in those kids life. He's good for nothing but money. And I'm appauled at kathrine. Michael didn't put his kids in her care just so this would happen. I really hope things get better because the Jackson's are starting to look like money hungry vultures. Poor Michael. This was probably the last thing he expected. Hope he's not turning in his grave. Will the king of Pop ever rest in piece. He's been through so much and the Lord knows he deserved it.

1613 days ago
103.

Phantom of the opera    

106. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5SD25kb2K4
Posted at 9:16 AM on May 27, 2010 by Cris5



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5SD25kb2K4;

1613 days ago
104.

Rudy    

Joe and Katherine Jackson - greedy and greedier.



http://www.undercover.com.au/News-Story.aspx?id=10921_Joseph_Jackson_To_Honor_Himself

1613 days ago
105.

MichaelJACKSON    

Katherine & Joe Jackson
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT MICHAEL'S UNDERWEAR ON EBAY?



Why aren't these people lifting their pinky for Justice for Michael but doing everything they can to exploit Michael! And now they are using MICHAEL'S CHILDREN to exploit Michael too! Is this the educating they are teaching the kids? SHAME ON YOU KATHERINE & JOE

1613 days ago
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