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'Big Brother' Voting

One Thing CBS Didn't Count On

... A Lawsuit

8/18/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Big Brother Voting
The biggest backstabbing villain at "Big Brother" isn't Ariana Grande's brother, Frankie -- or any of the other contestants -- it's the CBS honchos who run the voting ... according to a new lawsuit.

A guy named Edwin Lyda claims he invented the system for text message voting and says he holds the patents to that system. He claims CBS jacked his invention and uses it each week on BB.

On the show, viewers vote in various ways -- by telephone, online, with a phone app or text messaging. The votes don't determine who stays or goes ... it's for things like who should win bonus prizes or who should get special perks in the house.

Lyda says his system for text voting is a big part of the show ... he wants a court to decide how much of BB's millions he's entitled to get ... then again, he could get nothing.

We called CBS for comment ... so far no word back.

38 COMMENTS

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1.

tbone    

Patent Trolls, at it again...

35 days ago
2.

watzitooya    

Yikes!

34 days ago
3.

BillyBob Again    

TV for full time retards

35 days ago
4.

Mattie    

What exactly is this special texting technique that they use but other reality competition shows don't use?

34 days ago
5.

Numapass    

It is not surprising that people watch crap, but it does amaze me that they watch old, tired, played out and way past it's expiry date crap.

34 days ago
6.

ivan    

1 - no money for coke for julie ?

34 days ago
7.

bart    

Ths Big Brother show is the worse. The other countres do a much better job with the show and is more popular. Italy, Brazil, Germany and England. The USA show is horrible and has jumped the shark. I don't know anyone that watches it.

34 days ago
8.

Jordan    

CBS does not count Votes it is Fake, The Producers decide Everything, People who vote are just wasting their time and Money.

34 days ago
9.

PornosecProle    

This Orwellian reality show is Lord of the Flies light for millennial airheads. It's like passing off mucus, diarrhea or throw up as entertainment. Typical toxic pop culture.

34 days ago
10.

6one9    

Big Brother is going to the dawgs```` lately!!!

34 days ago
11.

cj    

Voting is a waste of time anyway. AG is gonna do what she wants to do. She doesn't give a sh!t about the voting.

34 days ago
12.

Morton Lipshitz    

Who can be amused by this mindless drivel !

34 days ago
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UhOhSpaghettiOs    

He got what he wanted...you mentioned his name TMZ. Now he will get a reality show and marry a Kardashian. Start referring to these people as "Plaintiff A".

34 days ago
14.

Unbroken Chain    

They should be sued for putting that ridiculous homo on the show

34 days ago
15.

PokeFangirl    

How much is CBS gonna pay to settle the case so they don't' have to admit to the public that they don't' even look at the voting results at all.

34 days ago
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