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Global IP protection for TV/Game Shows

16 April 2010 One Comment

  • Alternative dispute resolution services, are now available to protect the concepts behind media such as Game Shows and Reality shows from unauthorized spin-offs across the world.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Doesn’t this reality tv show look like one that was cancelled a couple months ago?” Well TV show creators around the world have been asking themselves a slightly similar question, except they see it as an unauthorized copy. On April 11th an alternate dispute resolution to prevent the furtherance of unauthorized copying of televsion formats opened. Thanks to the joint efforts from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA). The need for international protection is well founded, so many game shows or reality have started in one country and then a copy made in a different country. Although the licensed show Indian Idol, (from American Idol) was one of the highest rated shows in the country; due the shows success unauthorized spin offs phone-in voting talent shows have have spread.

Potential users of the WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media include film makers, directors, actors, performers and guild/industry associations. The special WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration for Film and Media are particularly time and cost-efficient procedures specifically tailored to the needs of parties in most film and media disputes. However, the WIPO Center recognizes that in certain complex film and media disputes, users in the film and media sector may prefer to choose the standard WIPO Arbitration Rules. The standard WIPO Arbitration Rules provide for longer timelines and the possibility of appointing a three-member arbitral tribunal. Where the parties in a film and media dispute have opted for standard WIPO Arbitration, the WIPO Center still makes available its WIPO List of Arbitrators for Film and Media from which the parties can select arbitrators. Source

  • Format Recognition and Protection Association Press release located here.
  • You can see the rule of arbitration here
  • Many thanks to Fame Fan Dan Heller about this topic.


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  • Nate said:

    Interesting. I have always wondered about this. Love your site!

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