ABC’s recent unveiling of their reality TV Show “The Glass House” is causing quite the controversy as it is remarkably similar to CBS’s Big Brother reality TV Show. CBS’s lawyers have contacted ABC regarding the “classic case of copyright infringement” over their new reality show set to premiere on June 18th, 2012. CBS’s lawyers have announced that they will be pursing “all available remedies if this course of action continues”. CBS attorneys are demanding ABC stop all plans regarding their reality show “The Glass House”.
The CBS lawyers from the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP contacted ABC via letter only three days following the news release of the new reality show.
Read the official letter sent to ABC from CBS’s lawyers: Lawsuit Letter
In the news release ABC stated that their new show:
“The Glass House” would cast “14 contestants [who] will live and compete for a quarter million dollars in a totally wired, state-of-the-art house, playing not just against each other, but also playing to win over the viewing audience each week.”
CBS is outraged as ABC’s new reality show has many similarities to CBS’s reality TV show Big Brother, which is set to premiere its 14th Season on July 12th, 2012. The similarities include having 12-14 individuals living in a house full of cameras and audio equipment, competing against each other to survive eviction, in addition to having the participation of the viewing public. There is also another level to the lawsuit as ABC has hired a number of former CBS Big Brother staff and a producer that had signed a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting them from revealing the shows secrets and proprietary information.
CBS has communicated the serious of the matter and are demanding ABC retain all documents, emails, and text messages that were used in creation of the reality show. If ABC does not cease all plans regarding “The Glass House”, CBS is ready to take the matter to court and have all evidence brought forward to reveal the show is an exact rip off of CBS’s “Big Brother”.