CBS threatens ABC over upcoming reality series

Associated Press Modified: May 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm •  Published: May 4, 2012

The letter states that CBS, which owns the U.S. licenses and copyrights to "Big Brother," could sue ABC and block "Glass House" from being broadcast. Previous cases involving copycat allegations in reality television have been difficult to win in court, but judges assess their merits after reviewing both products.

"With the striking similarities to 'Big Brother' and their concerted effort to recruit a large number of former staff from the show, we don't see how ABC can produce this new series without infringing on our rights," CBS wrote in a statement released Friday afternoon.

ABC settled a case on confidential terms last year with the Tokyo Broadcasting System over allegations that ABC's hit show "Wipeout" was a copycat of several Japanese game shows such as "Takeshi's Castle," ''Most Extreme Elimination Challenge" and "Ninja Warrior."

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