Even a hologram of Michael Jackson can launch a lawsuit

April 2014

Technology, live events


Ever since the organisers of Coachella created a hologram of Tupac Shakur to perform at the 2012 music festival with (the very much alive) Snoop Dog and Dr Dre, the technology has been back in the spotlight. The late rapper was shot dead in Las Vegas in 1996. But now the impresario Alki David has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts for using hologram technology to produce images of the former King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in a scene from Michael Jackson: One, Cirque’s latest production, infringing exclusive rights that David and FilmOn own in Musion Eyeliner technology.

The lawsuit notes that “In 1862, John Pepper and Henry Dircks invented ‘Pepper’s Ghost,’ an illusion technique, which, over the last 150 years, has appeared in movies, concerts, magic shows and amusement park rides” but adds “Today a new incarnation of Pepper’s Ghost exists — Musion Eyeliner technology. Musion Eyeliner uses a patented system to project three-dimensional images virtually indistinguishable from real life bodies.” David has his own shows planned, and is seeking an injunction and damages.


Tupac hologram here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGbrFmPBV0Y

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