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CBS settles legal dispute with 'Glass House' producers

CBS has settled a dispute with producers of ABC’s alleged Big Brother knock-off, Glass House, the network announced today.

The news comes a year after CBS tried but failed to gain traction on a suit brought against ABC and producers of Glass House, claiming copyright infringement. When that motion failed to get the courts to bar ABC from airing the program, CBS dropped the suit and instead pursued arbitration, which takes place out of the courts, against some of the show’s producers.

CBS’ statement reads in full:

CBS presses ahead with 'Glass House' lawsuit

CBS still wants to evict The Glass House from the airwaves. The network moved ahead with its lawsuit against ABC this week by amending its filing that alleges ABC copied elements of Big Brother for its new reality TV competition series The Glass House.

CBS attorneys added several more objections to the show now that ABC has aired several episodes, arguing that “Glass House employs the same plot, themes, mood, setting, pace, characters, dialogue, sequence of events and other concrete elements making up Big Brother.”

CBS originally sought to stop Glass House from premiering in June, but a federal judge refused. U.S. District Judge Gary Feess agreed with ABC attorneys who argued that many of the filming techniques employed on Glass House are not unique to Big Brother and are used in other reality TV shows. READ FULL STORY


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