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Jacko takes case against Bashir to court. He wants an injunction against the ''Living With Michael Jackson'' producers to get them to give up unused footage of his kids

The Michael Jackson vs. Martin Bashir battle is going to court. On Monday, the Associated Press reports, Jackson's lawyers sought an injunction in London against Granada, producer of Bashir's ''Living with Michael Jackson'' documentary, in hopes of blocking Granada from using any of the unscreened footage from the eight months Bashir spent filming Jackson until breach-of-contract allegations over that footage can be settled. Specifically, Jackson's camp said in a statement, the issue is ''ownership of the filmed material and permissions relating to the inclusion of the Jackson children.''

Since the documentary first aired in early February, Jackson has accused Bashir of filming the singer's three children against his wishes. Granada insisted that Bashir had shot the kids masked (and in Jackson's presence) just as they appear when Jackson shows them off in public, to protect them from possible abductors. Responding to Monday's charges, a Granada spokesperson told AP, ''They relate to attempts by Michael to claim copyright in our footage. We shall be resisting such claims vigorously.''

Originally posted Feb 25, 2003
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