I am very interested in this topic because I hope to give a presentation at a conference this fall on the topic of Thriller's everlasting dancing zombies. Of course I'd like to use some clips of the real Thriller and its progeny. I wasn't sure if Michael Jackson's Thriller would be considered "public domain" or if this could be considered "fair use" or if I'd have to request permission from the estate. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this. I agree with scavengers and PaulT.
What IS the problem? I don't see one. Of course, Disney once sued an elementary school for using of one of its characters in a mural. I find this highly ironic. Disney is the last thing from original.