TVBizwire

ABC Returns Fire in Lawsuit: 'Even CBS must realize it cannot copyright the idea of 14 contestants living in a house rigged with cameras' THR

ABC has shot back in the legal battle with CBS over its "Big Brother"-like reality show, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq.

CBS sued ABC and several producers earlier this month, as previously reported, claiming copyright and trade secret infringement over ABC's "Glass House." CBS alleges the new ABC show is a "carbon copy" ripoff of "Big Brother."

ABC is responding by saying the case is bogus and asking that the court deny an expedited timetable for a preliminary injunction motion, the story says. The lawsuit is a "meritless attempt to shut down development of ABC's newest reality televison program," ABC claims.

ABC is also arguing that CBS's copyright claim falls short. "Even CBS must realize it cannot copyright the idea of 14 contestants living in a house rigged with cameras," according to ABC's court papers.