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Judge Shoots Down CBS

'Big Brother'

Ain't THAT Original

6/15/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Big loss for CBS ... a judge just rejected the network's request to block ABC's new reality show "Glass House" from debuting next week ... over allegations that "GH" is a total "Big Brother" ripoff.

CBS had filed emergency documents, hoping to obtain a temporary restraining order ... which would block ABC from airing the reality show on Monday.  CBS had argued that "Glass House" execs were stealing former "BB" staffers and using "BB" trade secrets to produce a very similar reality competition show.

But the judge didn't see things CBS' way ... telling the court, "CBS seeks to protect the idea of a show of contestants in a house where cameras are running. You can’t copyright that."

The judge added, "I don’t know if 'Glass House' will have any effect on 'Big Brother.'

But the war isn't over yet -- CBS can still move forward with it's case and may be able to shut the show down in the future or get compensation if ABC is ever found to be in the wrong.

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16.

DaveT    

Oh no! They ripped off the idea that I ripped off!

769 days ago
17.

vanburner    

The first ever version of Big Brother was broadcast in 1999 on Veronica in the Netherlands.

769 days ago
18.

DaveT    

Someone should make a reality show about tying your shoes.
Everything else has been done.

769 days ago
19.

steve    

JUst listen up CBS bigbrother copied the orignal which started in the UK ...so bite me cbs

769 days ago
20.

Jerry    

Everything on CBS is a rip off of the UK's BBC. They have balls to accuse anyone.

769 days ago
21.

Caleigh    

Isn't imitation the best form of flattery?:

I'll watch them both

769 days ago
22.

obama'saracist    

yeah julie is a c#nt and a douche so I am glad that the gh is gona be on maybe she can go away now

769 days ago
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obama'saracist    

cbs came out and said that they favor democrats and slant their views accordingly and thats why the ceo was at O's dinner and contributing to the decay

769 days ago
24.

lori    

It isn't just that the show copies a concept, it is that they are using a large number of folks that worked on Big Brother to do so. TIme will tell how much of the ABC show is like CBS' once they get going - besides watching people 24/7 will they have competitions? What sort of competitions? How will people be removed from the house?

769 days ago
25.

Bu    

The Glass house hired many of the Big Brother employees/producers...Big Brother is being ripped off...no doubt.

769 days ago
26.

Leader of the ignorant masses    

All of those reality shows started with The Real World series on MTV back in the early 90's. If anyone has the right to a lawsuit it would be them. Of course then we should be able to sue MTV for calling itself Music Television when they air nothing but reality shows nowadays. Just change the name to RTV and be done with it already.

769 days ago
27.

VDJH    

I don't like either one of those shows, ABC should have sued CBS for ripping off their show, The View, The Talk is same as The View, same format, 5 women walking through a door and sitting at a table discussing hot topics, helloooo.

769 days ago
28.

pamelathegreat    

CBS has its nerve since CBS completely bit off of The View with The Talk. Are you kidding me? The show is a total copy cat of The View.

769 days ago
29.

Kifferslady    

The premise for this show originally came from Australia and then The UK. Countries do this all over the world. CBS certainly doesn't have any rights to it.

769 days ago
30.

PornHallOfShamer    

Dear generation millennial airhead. This is not entertainment. Repeat. This is not entertainment.

768 days ago
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