Reality TV World People News   Ratings News   Scheduling News   Application News   Spoiler News
Show Updates   Features & Interviews   Image Gallery   Message Boards   Shows Listing

HOME > The Glass House

CBS sues ABC for copying 'Big Brother' for upcoming 'Glass House'


UPI News Service, 05/12/2012 

CBS has filed a lawsuit against ABC for infringement of copyright law, saying the network's upcoming "Life in a Glass House" is similar to CBS' "Big Brother."

ADVERTISEMENT
The complaint, filed by CBS Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, alleges the ABC show "replicates every key aspect of 'Big Brother,' including, among other things, its plot, themes, mood, setting, pace, characters [and] sequence of events."

ABC had previously not responded to a cease-and-desist request filed by CBS last week, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

"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," ABC said.

Both reality shows film strangers living together in a competition in which one contestant emerges as the winner.

Lance Lieberman, an intellectual-property attorney, said it is CBS' responsibility to prove in court ABC was directly copying ideas unique to "Big Brother."

"Any time a new show comes out that's basically the same idea, there are always these kinds of charges," Lieberman said.

"Life in a Glass House" is scheduled to premiere June 18, the Journal said.


DISCUSS AND COMMENT ON THIS STORY
Reality TV World now offers Facebook Comments on our stories. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then 'Add' your comment. To report spam or abuse, click the 'X' in the upper right corner of the comment box.


Get more Reality TV World! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or add our RSS feed.


Copyright 2012 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any repr









Take Our User Survey





Page generated in 0.058524131774902 seconds
About Reality TV World   •   Advertise on Reality TV World  •   Contact Reality TV World  •   Privacy Policy   •   RSS Feed