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CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. ABC, Inc.

By Kim Endelson

CBS filed a complaint today against ABC and several producers and staff in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, alleging, among other claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and copyright infringement. CBS contends that ABC's new show "Glass House" is a "carbon copy" of its show "Big Brother", and that 19 former "Big Brother" producers and staff now work on "Glass House."

"Glass House" is a reality show featuring 14 contestants who live in a large house and are filmed continuously. Viewer votes determine which contestants will remain in the house, with the final contestant receiving a six-figure cash award.

CBS is seeking an injunction to stop the airing of the show, scheduled for June 18th, as well as $500,000 for each violation of non-disclosure agreements signed by the former "Big Brother" employees.

CBS claims that the "imitation" is an "obvious attempt" to capitalize on the success of "Big Brother." ABC said the lawsuit has no merit. An ABC spokesperson commented, "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."

http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2012/05_-_May/Report_--_CBS_sues_ABC,_says_new_show_copies__Big_Brother_/

http://www-deadline-com.vimg.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/CBS_v_ABC_et_al_Complaint_-_CV12-04073_MMM_JEMx__120510213528.pdf

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