Tupac rapping after death at Coachella, 2012.


Owners of technology famously employed to digitally produce deceased rapper Tupac Shakur can’t block the producers of the Billboard Music Awards from resurrecting pop icon Michael Jackson at Sunday’s annual show, a federal judge ruled late Friday.
Billboard has been promoting a “history-making performance” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and it turns out the star is Michael Jackson. At the performance, his hologram will promote Xscape, Jackson’s new album released posthumously.
A Las Vegas federal judge Friday put the brakes on an emergency injunction demand [PDF] from patent holders Hologram USA and Musion Das Hologram. They claimed that Jackson’s 3-D dancing and singing image would infringe two of their patents, one being the “Pepper’s Ghost Illusion” that paved the way for Tupac to appear at the Coachella music festival in 2012.
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