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Tokyo TV Says ABC Swiped Reality Shows

LOS ANGELES (CN) - ABC's "reality" show "Wipeout" is a ripoff of Tokyo Broadcasting System's shows, the Japanese network claims in Federal Court. ABC's show is might more aptly be titled "Swipe-Out," said the complaint, given its blatant copying of "Takeshi's Castle," "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge," and "Women of Ninja Warrior."

TBS' complaint continues: "From the moment ABC revealed 'Wipeout' to the public, that program has routinely been described in the press as a 'rip-off' and 'knockoff' of plaintiff's shows. Apparently, ABC boldly decided that it need not obtain plaintiff's permission to use the content of the shows despite the obvious need for ABC to do so. ABC's willful and wrongful use of Plaintiff's shows to create 'Wipeout' is egregious, inexcusable and not to be tolerated."

TBS demands punitive damages for copyright violations and unfair competition. It is represented by Stanton Stein.

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