NBC Rips Reality Show Copyright Suit, Calls 'Stripes' Generic

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT) -- NBC Universal Inc. on Friday blasted a former New York City police officer who claims the network stole his idea for a military training-themed reality program, arguing the NBC show “Stars Earn Stripes” is made up of generic ideas that couldn't have been copyrighted.

Richard Dillon sued the network in November, claiming that NBC rejected his pitch for a show called “Celebrity SEALS” — which pitted celebrities against each other in the tough conditions of a military training camp — but then later reformulated it into...
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Richard Dillon v. NBCUniversal Media LLC et al


Case Number

2:12-cv-09728

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California Central

Nature of Suit

Copyright

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S. James Otero

Date Filed

November 14, 2012

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