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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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16.

Tracker    

test

840 days ago
17.

Edwood    

Isn't Big Brother a rip off of MTVs Real World?

840 days ago
18.

d    

Nobody watches it anyways -__-

840 days ago
19.

Mel    

Guess they both should PAY MTV- the Real World done this 20 years ago!

840 days ago
20.

LAguy    

There is no comparison between Big Brother and The Real World, other than people living in a house together. They are completely different shows. Big Brother is basically a game show. The Real World is a relationship show. I do agree that the producers of Big Brother have been just coasting the last several years. The show should be completely reworked.

840 days ago
21.

CrisDizzle    

CBS The 'Talk' is a carbon copy ripoff of the The 'View'... don't see ABC filing a lawsuit. what a hypocrite network!

840 days ago
22.

Grouchy Smurf    

Hey CBS, it will only be a rip-off if they rig it the way you rig BB.

840 days ago
23.

kim    

CBS needs to leave ABC alone and let me do this show all they want to do is push Rachel from BB12 & 13 down our throats we don't like her like CBS does but we have to keep putting up with her.maybe if ABC has the glass house we wont have to watch that fake red head!!!

839 days ago
24.

tellmeaboutit     

Didn't all this crap start with MTV's Real World?? Anyway, big deal. More garbage reality shows, just what tv needs. Ugh.

839 days ago
25.

lori    

CBS may actually have a case with this since there are so many former BB staff now working on ABC's show and there is a non-disclaimer do***ent that they had to sign with CBS. Personally, I hope CBS wins. We do not need yet another reality show on the air.

839 days ago
26.

Toilethead    

Who gives a bleep? They both suck poop.

839 days ago
27.

adriene    

i do so love Big Brother, BUT, didn't they get the Big Brother show idea from MTV's The Real World????

839 days ago
28.

Tesla_Consulting    

I don't watch Big Brother, maybe I'll watch the ripoff.

839 days ago
29.

Michael    

How come no one is suing over The View and The Talk? Same show, different networks. Equally awful.

839 days ago
30.

SouthernGal820    

Don't worry CBS because if the show is any good ABC will cancel it like that have so many in the past. I don't watch ABC because their good shows don't last and are cancelled without notice!

839 days ago
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