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CBS sues ABC over "Big Brother" copy-cat show
Topic Started: May 16 2012, 01:49 PM (687 Views)
Mitchapalooza
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CBS sues ABC, says new show copies "Big Brother"

By Jonathan Stempel

Thu May 10, 2012 7:58pm EDT

(Reuters) - CBS has sued rival ABC, accusing it of cloning its long-running U.S. summer series "Big Brother" with its new reality TV show, "The Glass House."

Thursday's copyright infringement lawsuit contends the new ABC show is a "carbon copy" of "Big Brother" and even employs 19 former producers and staff from that show.

Scheduled to begin airing on June 18, "Glass House" will feature 14 contestants who are filmed continuously with cameras as they live in a large house.

Viewer votes would help decide which contestants must leave the house, with the last contestant remaining winning a six-figure cash award. The U.S. version of "Big Brother" began airing in 2000.

"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then CBS should take pride in ABC's latest reality television project," which is an "obvious attempt" to capitalize on its success, the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles said.

ABC said the lawsuit has no merit.

"The differences between 'Glass House' and 'Big Brother' are both fundamental and obvious, ranging from 'Glass House's interactive elements and audience participation to its deployment of cutting edge technologies," a spokeswoman said.

CBS is seeking an injunction to stop ABC from airing 'Glass House,' plus $500,000 for each violation of non-disclosure agreements that former 'Big Brother' staff had signed.

It also accuses the defendants of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract.

The lawsuit was filed by CBS Broadcasting Inc, a unit of CBS Corp against ABC, its parent Walt Disney Co and several individual producers and staff.

The case is CBS Broadcasting Inc v. American Broadcasting Cos et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 12-04073.
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It was only a matter of time before this was going to happen...
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Seems like CBS is more scared that this show will steal it's audience. Which I wouldn't be surprised. Big Brother has been awful for the past two summers.
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[sarcasm] I'm sure Julie Chen had nothing to do with this [/sarcasm]
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I want both shows on this summer! I will watch both. :)
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As CBS should. It's like ABC didn't even try to change anything. It's the same show!
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I read somewhere that ABC's response about the lawsuit is that CBS doesn't have the market on reality tv and that CBS employee's came over to ABC cuz CBS reality Tv is pretty much a sweatshop :shame: that is the lamest response ever.
Edited by Snowing Fan, May 23 2012, 01:00 PM.
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May 23 2012, 12:57 PM
I read somewhere that ABC's response about the lawsuit is that CBS doesn't have the market on reality tv and that CBS employee's came over to ABC cuz CBS reality Tv is pretty much a sweatshop :shame: that is the lamest response ever.
The ex-CBS workers are also being individually sued by CBS for breaking confidentiality agreements or something like that.

CBS is going after the whole works.
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i wanna watch both.
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I don't watch BB and won't watch this.
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