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Copyright Disputes Cast Shadow Over Reality TV Deals

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Despite the end of American Idol this summer, after a 15-year, record-setting run, reports of the death of reality TV are greatly exaggerated. Non-fiction shows, from NBC’s Little Big Shots to the U.K.’s pastry-based hit The Great British Bake Off, to countless international iterations of singing competition formats Got Talent, The X Factor andThe Voice, are testament to the genre’s staying power.ut casting a shadow over the booming business of reality TV is the murky issue of copyright. While a reality hit like The Voice can generate billions in worldwide licensing revenue for Talpa as rights holder, international copyright legislation gives little protection against someone else, particularly from another country, stealing an idea and passing it off as their own.”

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