Jackson Jackpot

Judge OKs Jackson Merchandise

Soon, Michael Jackson fans will be able to buy official mementos—including calendars, posters, and maybe even stuffed animals that play Jackson songs—honoring the late King of Pop, after a Los Angeles judge approved various merchandise deals this week. The judge also agreed that Jackson's estate could sell songs and videos via iTunes of Jermaine Jackson performing "Smile" at Jackson's public memorial. On Monday, the court will consider the possibility of a film featuring Jackson's final rehearsals. Columbia Pictures has agreed to pay $60 million for the rights to the footage. The judge will also be considering a deal for worldwide distribution rights of Jackson-themed trading cards, lighters, and yes, musical stuffed animals.