Glass House will air; judge “not persuaded” CBS will win

ABC’s The Glass House will debut Monday as scheduled, as a judge has denied CBS’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the broadcast of the series. Worse for CBS’ lawsuit, the judge said he was “not persuaded” CBS will win if it goes to trial, because Big Brother‘s format probably can’t be copyrighted.

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Judge Gary Feess refused to grant CBS’ request for an injunction against Glass House that would have delayed the premiere. … The judge went further, saying from the bench that he was ‘not persuaded’ that CBS would prevail in its claims during the trial and that the premise behind ‘Big Brother’ could not be copyrighted.”

That won’t stop CBS, though. The network said in a statement that “we fully intend to proceed with our claims against Disney/ABC for copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets over ‘The Glass House,’ which may still warrant more injunction proceedings depending on the content of each episode.”

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