Wipeout 'copycat' lawsuit settled

2011-12-22 14:51

Los Angeles - A Japanese television network has settled a lawsuit with USA broadcaster ABC and a leading reality TV production company over allegations that the series Wipeout is a ripoff of several Japanese game shows.

The Tokyo Broadcasting System sued ABC in late 2008, claiming the obstacle-course game show closely resembles several Japanese shows. It alleged Wipeout violated its copyrights to shows such as Takeshi's Castle, Most Extreme Elimination Challenge and Ninja Warrior.

The Japanese network later sued Dutch entertainment giant Endemol, which produces Wipeout.

The companies settled the case November 30 after meeting with a federal magistrate judge in Los Angeles.

No settlement terms were filed with the court.