Quincy Jones Wins Lawsuit Against Michael Jackson’s Estate

This week, a jury found that Michael Jackson’s estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million for royalties and production fees from “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and more groundbreaking hits.

The jury of 10 women and two men, deliberated and sided with Jones, but only awarded him a portion of the $30 million he was originally seeking.

According to Yahoo News, Quincy Jones filed a lawsuit against MJJ Productions Inc., after the use of songs featured in “This Is It,” the 2009 documentary released after the death of Michael Jackson. 

Jones has made it clear that there is no personal issues with the late icon, but contracts signed between 1978 to 1985 giving him the priority rights to Jackson’s music, were violated.

ABC News reported that the songs used in the documentary were re-edited to deprive Jones of royalty fees. 

“I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter,” said Jones. “I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists’ rights overall.”

In addition to the family failing to preserve the Neverland Ranch, this recent lawsuit shows that Jackson’s estate is struggling to monetize from his success.

 – Contributed by Devyn Rorie

WHUR Contributor


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