Japanese TV network sues ABC over “Wipeout”

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    ABC, the American TV network that airs Wipeout, a wacky obstacle course show that copies similar Japanese shows, is being sued by Japanese TV network TBS:

    ABC premiered “Wipeout” in June, and its success in the ratings has earned it a renewal for another season. The show puts contestants through a challenging obstacle course, similar to TBS shows such as “Takeshi’s Castle” in the ’80s and the still-running “SASUKE.”

    Indeed, TBS claims that the show is too similar, citing infringement in several aspects, including specific obstacles, the show’s format, scene setups, and dialogue. The lawsuit also accuses ABC of capitalizing on search terms such as “MXC,” which is Spike TV’s licensed version of “Takeshi’s Castle.”

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