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CBS dispute over ABC's 'The Glass House' reaches settlement

A sitting area for "The Glass House," an

A sitting area for "The Glass House," an interactive real-time reality competition. Credit: ABC

CBS has reached a settlement over that "Glass House" dispute, and it sounds as though the producer of the ABC reality series conceded to borrowing some "Big Brother" production tricks, as CBS charged all along. 

 The statement: We have reached a settlement in arbitration with the parties in “The Glass House” legal dispute. CBS will receive financial compensation as part of the settlement. The producers have admitted that one of them used confidential “Big Brother” manuals in the production of “The Glass House,” and they have expressed regret for using this material. In addition, those involved have pledged not to misappropriate CBS trade secrets in the future.

 You will note that the words "legal dispute" are used in lieu of "lawsuit" - because CBS actually dropped the lawsuit over a year ago, but pursued arbitration instead. The case (which involved a countersuit by ABC) was interesting if only because it tested the legal limits of what might be called immitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery - or at least television, to paraphrase Fred Allen. "House" was indeed rather similar to "Bro" with one semi-obvious departure - the house was made of glass. 

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