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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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