MTV, CW Want 'Plain Jane' Idea Theft Claims Tossed

Law360, New York (October 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT) -- MTV Networks and The CW Television Network asked a California federal judge on Friday to dismiss a copyright suit by a woman who claims the makeover reality show "Plain Jane" ripped off her idea.

MTV, a Viacom Inc. unit, and The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and CBS Corp., argue in their motion that there are no similarities between the treatment written by plaintiff Elissa Tedesco and "Plain Jane," and that the suit essentially seeks to monopolize the basic concept of a...
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