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Why ‘The Glass House’ Will Likely Premiere On Monday, Despite CBS’ Copyright Complaints

June 16, 2012 11:00 AM by Shayla Perry

It looks like CBS just may have to suck it up and be prepared for a little healthy competition! After hitting ABC with a copyright complaint over their new reality series The Glass House, the network continues to try to block the show‘s June 18 premiere. But U.S. District Judge Gary Feess says that he’s “not likely” to side with CBS and Big Brother. Why not?

“I don’t think the copyright argument is very strong,” Judge Feess explains, adding, “I’m not persuaded that the broadcast will dull the appetite of viewers of Big Brother.”

Lead attorney for CBS, Scott Edelmen, argues that The Glass House clearly is a copy of Big Brother “lock, stock and barrel, with small changes around the fringes,” and that ABC “has taken CBS’ number one show in the summer and tweaked it to make it different.”

Obviously, Mr. Edelmen isn’t familiar with the bagillion reality singing competitions out there that do the very same thing. And as Judge Feess points out, “When I first heard of Big Brother, I thought it was Survivor in a house.”

But there is a little more to the case, and CBS isn’t going down without a fight, as they declared  in a statement:

“We appreciate the Court’s continuing consideration of this case and our request for an injunction. Win, lose or draw on the TRO [temporary restraining order], we fully intend to proceed with our claims against Disney/ABC for copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets over The Glass House, which may still warrant more injunction proceedings depending on the content of each episode. At the same time, we will move forward with our individual claims for liability and liquidated damages against any current The Glass House producer who violated their Big Brother confidentiality agreement.”

In other words, if you like what you see on The Glass House when it premieres on Monday, be prepared for a lot of drama both on and off-screen…and possibly a few interruptions in the schedule.

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Topics: ABC Reality TV Shows, Big Brother, CBS Reality TV Shows, The Glass House |

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