It’s finally over. The lawsuit filed by CBS so long ago against ABC and their new show, The Glass House, has finally been decided in court. The Honorable Judge Gary Jees DENIED CBS request for a Temporary Restraining Order, which would basically halt production of ABC’s new show and it’s premiere on Monday, June 18th. The courtroom was packed when he made this ruling.
Judge Jees stated that if this temporary restraining order was placed on ABC, they would be the only ones hurt as they would lose their investment in the show, the crew would lose their jobs and the 14 contestants would lose their time and effort they had put into getting on the show. He also stated that CBS’s argument that copyright laws had been violated was “weak” saying: “I don’t know that Glass House will have any impact on Big Brother, Big Brother will go forward.”
Judge Jees also said that California law favors competition and people in the industry move from one show to another. That is not a reason to halt production on a new show. A person’s experience and knowledge, whether it be a producer or a crew-member, is portable from one show to another. He also didn’t see how any trade secrets had been stolen. claiming that CBS, themselves, had allowed numerous tours of the Big Brother sets, control rooms and the house. It is considered “common industry practice”.
In closing, the judge called many of the elements of the show “generic.” He added that CBS is free to purse further legal action and with further discover of testimony and evidence they may prevail, but that as of now he is not convinced and show is permitted to continue as scheduled.