Are Formats The Floor Mats Of Copyright?

Law360, New York (July 10, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT) -- On Friday afternoon, June 15, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess, Central District of California in Los Angeles, denied CBS Broadcasting Inc.'s application for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented ABC Inc. from airing the premier broadcast of its new reality series "Glass House." CBS complained that "Glass House" infringed the copyright in its long-running "Big Brother" series. Both featured contestants isolated in a confined space competing for prizes, building alliances and fighting with each other while they are systematically voted out of the competition. Judge Feess described these elements as "commonplace."

In doing so, Judge Feess...

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