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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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