Copyright Row Over VH1 Reality Show Axed Due To Prior Suits

Law360, New York (January 29, 2013, 5:40 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a copyright suit brought by a would-be reality television creator alleging Viacom Inc. ripped off his idea for a show and turned it into VH1’s “Charm School,” finding the creator’s prior litigation on the matter precludes the current action.

U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry signed off on a report and recommendation of a magistrate judge, who found Charles L. Sims’ suit alleging copyright infringement, violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and unjust enrichment is barred by the...
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