If you’re a fan of Michael Jackson or have a morbid fascination with raising the dead, you might want to tune into the Billboard Music Awards. It’s been leaked that Michael Jackson will perform at the awards via hologram. From The LA Times:
The closely guarded secret was spoiled after a lawsuit from tech companies, hoping to stop the performance, was rejected by a federal judge.
Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. filed an emergency suit Thursday, alleging one of their products was being used without their permission by a competitor to create an image that will depict Jackson performing “Slave to the Rhythm,” a cut taken from his posthumous new album “Xscape.”
While the companies own the rights to the technology that famously raised Tupac Shakur from the dead at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival in 2012, a judge said there wasn’t enough evidence to show the planned 3D image would violate patents. Hologram USA acquired the rights to the patents after Digital Domain, which created the Shakur image, went bankrupt.
Who would think that a company that specializes in hologram technology would go bankrupt? How will I order my minions now? Skype?
Also I guess it’s pretty cool that Jackson can be brought back for one last hurrah, even if it is a little weird. Here’s hoping they bring back Jim Croce next.