The IPKat is pleased to report that you don't have to be a contestant in the 'Who Wants to be a Millionnaire?' (WWM) quiz show if you want to be a millionnaire -- if you are a lawyer whose clients are greedy or principled enough to litigate, you may well end up a rich man without having to know the capital of Ipkatistan, the freezing point of mercury or the names of ZsaZsa Gabor's husbands. The preliminary skirmish between WWM's developers and producers Celador and no fewer than three people who claim the notion was originally theirs can now be read on BAILII's excellent online transcript service. The three -- Alan Melville, Timothy Leavey Boone and John William Baccini -- claim copyright infringement and breach of confidentiality. Celador denied their claims and sought summary judgment against them, with mixed results.
The IPKat predicts that, given the riches enjoyed by the winners in these disputes, they will not be settled without some pretty bloody litigation. Also, given that UK copyright law does not (yet) protect TV programme formats), be prepared for some fierce lobbying. Watch this blog for further developments.
Get rich quick here, here and here
Quiz show here
Sunday, 24 October 2004
Posted by Jeremy at 9:49:00 a.m.