Patent claim fails to halt Michael Jackson hologram at Billboard Music Awards

Michael Jackson’s hologram will live on — at least long enough to “perform” a song from the artist’s posthumous album Xscape on stage during Billboard’s Music Awards on Sunday night. A federal judge in Las Vegas denied a request for an injunction to halt the performance, ruling that the plaintiffs could not achieve the necessary burden of proof for such a measure.

The plaintiffs, Hologram USA and Musion Das Hologram, argued that the planned holographic performance violated their patents, which were obtained through the purchase of the now-defunct Florida company that helped produce the Tupac’s digital Coachella 2012 performance from beyond the grave. The defendants noted that such hologram tech has been available for decades — its…

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