Television show formats and copyright
Written by Owen Ross on 17 July 2012« Return to Reading Room
A dramatic work needs sufficient unity to be capable of performance.
Does this mean that it is impossible to protect the format of a television show under copyright law?
Where there is a sufficiently detailed record of the format allowing for a structured and united show a television show is capable of being performed.
Where copyright is afforded a Claimant could find it very difficult to prove a substantial part had been copied.
The protection of television show formats under copyright law in the UK has not been properly tested before the UK courts.
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