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CBS Sues ABC

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Ripping Off 'Big Brother'

5/10/2012 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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CBS wasn't bluffing ... 'cause the network has made good on its threat to sue ABC over an upcoming reality show which CBS claims is a blatant rip off of "Big Brother" ... and it's NASTY.

As we previously reported, CBS fired off a cease-and-desist letter to ABC last week ... claiming "Glass House" is "strikingly" similar to "Big Brother" -- a bunch of people living in a house and competing for prizes.

Now, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in L.A., CBS states, "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then CBS should take pride in ABC's latest reality television project, 'Life in a Glass House.'"

In the suit, CBS refers to "Glass House" as a "carbon copy" of "Big Brother" -- and calls ABC's decision to green light the show an "obvious attempt ... to capitalize on its unique success."

CBS claims its trying to stop ABC from committing a blatant theft of its copyrightable expression, trade secrets and other confidential information.

CBS also claims ABC has hired at least 19 former "BB" staffers to work on "Glass House" -- and believes the employees are actively disclosing CBS's trade secrets and confidential information to produce the show. CBS also believes at least one "Glass House" exec has been trying to poach current "BB" employees.

CBS wants at least 3 former high level "Big Brother" employees who signed with "Glass House" to fork over $500,000 EACH for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement they had with CBS.

CBS is also suing ABC for unspecified damages.

Stay tuned.

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1.

tgrfan42069    

maybe if big brother would freshen things up they wouldnt have to worry..also what is the big deal.there are tons of singing shows and so forth.

894 days ago
2.

6one9    

Hey `` CBS
WTF is `````` "THE TALK"?????????????
Julie Chen `` runs this bitch!!
Her hubby is CBS #1
Ever heard of a talk show called
"THE VIEW"
I want to see BOTH shows!
CBS is CHEAP on BB
NOW
they'll have to bring
their "A" game
to keep the viewers!!
CHA bitches!! :)

894 days ago
3.

My Big Salami    

Besides for sporting events, does anyone even watch ABC or CBS anymore ?

894 days ago
4.

Pudding Tang    

garbage

894 days ago
5.

JD    

CBS has been relentlessly stale with their Big Brother franchise rights and basically ABC is just going to do the European style Big Brother and will probably also rip off all the successful twists that happened in those countries.

894 days ago
6.

Mazor    

Network tv is obsolete and irrelevant. Only morons continue to watch it.

This is unimportant.

894 days ago
7.

freaksloan    

How funny! Name one thing on TV today that is ORIGINAL?

894 days ago
8.

RaineeDrops    

Big Brother is boring now.. So redundant every season. I could not watch it when that red headed loud cow was on that show! Then they put her in Amazing Race and ruined that show this season too.

894 days ago
9.

Flying Blind    

what if everyone lives in a barn and win prizes, is that all right?
Or what if people sing and win a record deal, is that all right?
Or what if I make a murder mystery show, is that all right?

894 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

There are so many spin offs to so many shows, why does one show think they have the right to go after another show.

Put the money, time and work into Big Brother instead of suing and improve Big Brother instead. It sucks now.

894 days ago
11.

Ace    

Something different would be nice. Julie Chen is soooo boring!

894 days ago
12.

Don Martin    

Actually there ought to be a class action from the public against both networks for even airing this crap.

894 days ago
13.

jeannie    

What's the big deal ? Networks copy each other all the time. Make your show good enough to watch and you wouldn't have to worry about losing fans. Big Brother was awful last season.

894 days ago
14.

doodlebug    

what about CBS coping the View! with the Talk!

894 days ago
15.

doodlebug    

the View! the talk! pot-kettle CBS

894 days ago
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