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“This is the first time where a reality show has been copied lock, stock and barrel with minor changes around the fringes to try to make it look different,” CBS attorney Scott Edelman argued Friday.

Judge Feess said CBS was trying to protect generic reality show elements, which isn’t allowed under copyright law. He also said he thinks CBS overstated its trade secret complaints.

Glenn Pomerantz, who represents ABC, said there was no way CBS could prove its case and his clients weren’t stealing their work.

ABC doesn’t want to use any of CBS‘ trade secrets,” Mr. Pomerantz said. “It doesn’t need them.”

ABC had denied all wrongdoing and said it has spent $16 million promoting the show and millions more to develop it.

The judge, who acknowledged he’s no fan of reality television, said he’s not convinced that “Glass House” will eat into the audience of “Big Brother.”

“Frankly I thought after the first or second reality shows on television, we would never see others,” Judge Feess said. “Boy, was I wrong.”

TV series condemned by Hutterite leaders

A TV documentary series about an Anabaptist community in Montana offers a “distorted” and contrived image, bishops representing the Hutterite faith in the U.S. and Canada said Thursday.

John Stahl, Peter Entz and John Waldner, bishops for the three sects encompassing the roughly 50,000 Hutterites and 500 colonies in North America, said in a joint statement they are “deeply disappointed” in National Geographic Channel’s “American Colony: Meet the Hutterites.”

The 10-part series that began airing last month promised a rare inside look at Hutterite colony life, focusing on the King Ranch Colony.

“What was promised by the producers to be a ‘factual documentary’ is, in fact, a distorted and exploitative version of Hutterite life,” the bishops said, one that paints all Hutterites in a “negative and inaccurate way.”

The bishops accused producers of contriving scenes and dialogue in a “make believe” portrayal of “how we live and the spiritual beliefs we cherish.”

David Lyle, National Geographic Channel’s CEO, vigorously defended the channel and the series.

“This is a declaration of war from the Hutterite elders against the National Geographic Society, calling into account our fairness,” Mr. Lyle said. “We absolutely are fairly representing the King community.”

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