CBS has settled a dispute with producers of ABC’s alleged Big Brother knock-off, Glass House, the network announced today.
The news comes a year after CBS tried but failed to gain traction on a suit brought against ABC and producers of Glass House, claiming copyright infringement. When that motion failed to get the courts to bar ABC from airing the program, CBS dropped the suit and instead pursued arbitration, which takes place out of the courts, against some of the show’s producers.
CBS’ statement reads in full:
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.