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Judge rules for Banijay in “Popstars” dispute

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that The Voice creator Talpa Media and Dutch broadcaster SBS can't use the title The Next Popstar for an upcoming talent series as it's too similar to the Screentime format Popstars.
November 16, 2012

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that The Voice creator Talpa Media and Dutch broadcaster SBS can’t use the title The Next Popstar for an upcoming talent series as it’s too similar to that of the Screentime format Popstars.

Banijay Group recently acquired a majority stake in the Australia-based Screentime, which created Popstars in 1999. Since then the singing talent format has been made in more than 50 countries.

The District Court of The Hague ruled that Talpa and SBS were prohibited from using The Next Popstar going forward, on the basis of an article of the Paris Convention pertaining to the protection of industrial property relating to well-known trademarks.

A Dutch version of Popstars ran for three years on SBS6 in the Netherlands.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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