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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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Then ABC needs to sue CBS for ripping them off. If the "The Talk," isn't a complete steal off, "The View," I don't know what is!

874 days ago


We look forward to BB every summer. We even follow it while we're on holidaybut they need to do something different to make it better.

874 days ago


Isn't Big Brother kind of a rip off of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge shows MTV has been doing for years. People living in a house, filmed 24 hours a day, competing in challenges, and getting sent home. Seems strikingly similar.

874 days ago


Why hasn't CBS sued ABC for ripping off CSI yet? I mean, ABC has a crime-drama that has forensic analysts in it. Obviously that is a blatant rip off of CBS's cash cow.

I wasn't aware that Big Brother was still on the air.

874 days ago


Julie Chen is POS!

874 days ago

Duke Steele    

Will CBS also sue Tyra Banks and Americas Top Model because the show is about a bunch of people living in a house and competing for prizes?

874 days ago


The Glass House is a big flop, so I don't think CBS has anything to worry about. Big Brother is 120% better!!! GHouse is Boring.

834 days ago
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