Pop Idol creator sues Simon Cowell for copyright violation over his series X-Factor.

Pop Idol creator sues Simon Cowell for copyright violation over his series X-Factor.
The creator of Pop Idol, which launched Simon Cowell’s notoriety as an ornery bastard with a short supply of insults, is suing Cowell over X Factor, a new talent competition Simon created for ITV. Simon Fuller’s 19 Television Productions, which co-produces the Idol shows with FremantleMedia, is suing that company and Cowell for “breach of contract and breach of copyright,” the BBC reports. Together, they produced the new series X Factor. “As well as claiming copyright infringement, 19 TV is suing for breach of contract because it claims a number of X Factor’s production team also worked on Pop Idol and signed contracts that restricted them from working on rival shows,” the BBC says. In a statement, Freemantle said, “We deny the allegations made in the writ and in the press. We will defend any action vigorously and we hope to resolve the matter amicably. The X Factor is a different format to Pop Idol.” Simon hauled out some new adjectives and called the suit “totally and utterly ridiculous.”

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