CBS sues ABC over so-called 'Big Brother' copycat

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS is suing rival network ABC and the producers of an upcoming reality series that CBS says violates copyrights and secrets from its long-running series "Big Brother."

Attorneys for CBS filed the lawsuit in a Los Angeles federal court Thursday.

The suit alleges ABC is trying to sabotage and copy "Big Brother" with its upcoming reality competition show "The Glass House." The suit names key "Glass House" producers who previously worked on the CBS show, saying they violated non-disclosure agreements.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction blocking "Glass House" from airing later this year.

It also seeks more than $500,000 from each former "Big Brother" staffer who violated a non-disclosure agreement. CBS estimates at least 19 former "Big Brother" staffers are working on "Glass House."

ABC declined to comment on the case.

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