CBS drops ‘Glass House’ lawsuit against ABC
August 20, 2012
Apparently there's little reason to pursue a copyright infringement case against a show that flopped.
On Friday CBS dropped its lawsuit against ABC over the reality program "The Glass House," which it had charged with copycatting the long-running CBS summer hit "Big Brother."
Both shows feature contestants living together and engaging in challenges as they compete for a prize.
CBS filed suit in May and had attempted to have the show's debut blocked, but a judge ruled against the network.
Not every element of the case has been abandoned, however. CBS will still pursue claims in private arbitration against several of the show's producers who had previously worked on "Brother," saying they violated confidentiality agreements by working on "Glass."
"House" is one of summer's lowest-rated programs on the Big Four, averaging a mere 0.7 adults 18-49 rating last Monday, according to Nielsen.
"The viewers have spoken and delivered the ultimate form of justice against 'The Glass House,'" said a statement released Friday by CBS.
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