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ABS-CBN Files P127 Million Copyright Infringement Case vs. ‘Willing Willie’

ABS-CBN Files P127 Million Copyright Infringement Case vs. Willing Willie claims Willie Revillame plagiarized Wowowee in new show on TV5.

In yet another twist in the exchange of court cases between ABS-CBN and its former talent, Willie Revillame, the network filed a P127 Million copyright infringement case versus Revillame, his production outfit (WilProductions, Inc.) and ABC 5 (now known as TV5) before the Regional Trial Court of Makati on November 24.

In a 33-page complaint, ABS-CBN claimed that Revillame and his co-defendants unlawfully infringed on ABS-CBN’s copyright over its show, Wowowee, citing section 172.2(l) of the Intellectual Property Code (IP Code). ABS-CBN stated that as the producer of Wowowee, it is the legal owner of a valid and subsisting copyright over each and every one of the Wowowee episodes and is thus entitled to protection against those who steal its work.

ABS-CBN alleged that Revillame’s new show Willing Willie on TV5 is so closely similar to Wowowee leaving no doubt that Revillame and the other defendants deliberately and intentionally imitated Wowowee to steal the goodwill that Wowowee has built over the past 5 years of airing in ABS-CBN.

ABS-CBN claimed that despite the new show and segment titles, Willing Willie is undeniably a copycat of Wowowee. Among the acts of plagiarism listed in the complaint are: (1) Willing Willie’s opening song and/or dance number led by its host; (2) Wowowee’s “BIGA-TEN” versus Willing Willie’s “Big Time Ka”; (3) Wowowee’s “Willie of Fortune” versus Willing Willie’s “Willtime Bigtime,” which contain portions where the contestants tell their personal stories and showcase their talents before they play a singing and/or trivia game; (4) the dancers/characters of Wowowee are also appearing in Willing Willie, most notable of whom is April “Congratulations” Gustilo; and (5) the set design, stage, studio viewers’ seats lay-out, lighting and camera angles of Willing Willie are also strikingly similar to Wowowee.

ABS-CBN alleged that ABC’s act of broadcasting of the infringing work Willing Willie has caused and continues to cause irreparable damage to ABS-CBN. WilProductions, Inc. meanwhile produces the show and is also liable, according to ABS-CBN. Also included as defendant is ABC President Ray Espinosa.

Aside from seeking an award of damages in the amount of more than P127 Million, ABS-CBN also seeks for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and/or a Writ of Injunction to restrain Revillame, ABC and their other co-defendants from further producing and airing the infringing show Willing-Willie.

ABS-CBN claimed that this is a serious act of plagiarism, and observed that the theft of intellectual property has recently come to the fore in this country.

17 Comments on ABS-CBN Files P127 Million Copyright Infringement Case vs. ‘Willing Willie’

  1. for 158 comment

    alam mo bat ganun ang abs dahil alam nila yun karapatan nila at yun ang kanilang ipinaglalaban s legal na paraan…

  2. hayyy abs bat ganyan kau ka-dosperado,hayaan nyo na c willie mg-show manood ang my gusto sa knya ung ng-aayaw d hwag nlang manood wala namang namimilit eh sa amin talagang un na ang kasiyahan namn ung makita namn araw-arw sa tv c willie,bakt bnabawal nyo ang mga concept ng willing willie mostly naman sa mga concept c willie ang ng-isip dba?hnd ako naniniwala sa good faith na pnagsasabi nyo,dahl hnd un ang hangarin nyo,alm ko gus2 nyo lng mawala c willie ulit sa tv para tumaas ang ratings nyo,naaalarma na kau dahl nakkahabol na sa ratings ang tv5 dba!?hala hnd bobo ang mga manonood na hnd maintindhan ang hangarin nyong kasakiman.

  3. I read about copyright infrigenment. Its true walang copyrights law yon mga TV show,dahil hindi alam ng court kung sino talaga ang creator. Walang originality. Example yon wowowee produce ng abs cbn pero yon elements na ginamit ay copied sa ibang network. Katulad yon “kuarta o kahon” vs pera o bayong ay copied fron pepe pimentel. Therefore the wowowee shows has no originality from the beggining. According the difinitions ng copyrights ay hindi cover ng batas kasi yon show like(wowowee) ay binabago ang concepts or formats every6 months just like other networks. Walang copyright infrigenments. kung gagamitin nila yon IP intelectual property ay wala rin.Dahil hindi mo naman puwedeng ankining yon talento ng isang talents.

  4. @kykes: you’re absolutely right. I read the cited case. Indeed the Supreme Court has already settled that tv formats are not covered by copyright. It’s easier to give biased conclusions especially if you would only hear abs’ statement. It’s best if may legal basis ka to back up your opinion. Thus, I’m pretty sure that the infringement case will be dismissed because there was no infringement that took place due to the fact that there is no copyright to protect in the first place. Nagsayang lang ang ABS ng docket fees. Hahaha

  5. talk about plagiarism…all shows of abs-cbn and other channels are copied from overseas shows what about Pinoy Big Brother and all other shows of abs-cbn-careful..

  6. Kakaawa naman ang Channel 2, wala na bang ibang maisip ang mga taga riyan kundi manira ng iba?
    You made the worst decision kase….bet ko hindi kase patok yong 2 nyong bagong tagapagbalita.

  7. @jombag 159, haha nakakatawa ka…. sure bang nanalo c tau? hehe

  8. @anonymous 150, bobo ka pala eh, bat ung pilipinas got talent, d ba gayang gaya un ng talentadong pinoy, ininglish lang, kaya nila kinuha un kc nalaman nilang lumalakas na ang talentadong pinoy….

  9. bagong sagap (11-30-2010)

    ibinasura ng Makati RTC ang gag order ng ABS sa TRO ng willing willie… well… the show must go on!! (source: GMANews via Twitter)

    GMA News RT@ josephthaddeus: makati court rejects request for ‘gag order’ by abs-cbn lawyers. ‘it’s freedom of expression’ sez mkti judge joselito villarosa #gmanews

    Saan naman ang susunod? TawiTawi RTC? anong case.. illegal use of ugly face? wahehehehe…

  10. bat natataranta ang ABS sa show ni Willie? eh sabi nila mataas sa Ratings ang TV Patrol at mga primetime shows nila.. (according sa kantar or tns).. kung no.1 sila, bat sila ganun mag-react? tignan mo ang gma.. composure lang… diba?!

  11. @j777… malamang.. sinabi naman ni willie yan dati eh.. politika ang labanan sa loob ng ABS…

  12. info lang..

    ang unang newscast na nagpakita ng mga nakatayong mga news anchor instead na usual na nakaupo sa isang mahabang table ay Saksi (way back 1997)… pero bakit ang TV Patrol ngaun lahat ng anchors nakatayo? ginaya ba nila ito sa Saksi o concept nila ito?

  13. One example ng History of naggayahang Shows…

    Student canteen – eat bulaga
    (natalo student canteen)
    Eat Bulaga – Sang Linggo na po sila (nanalo EB)
    Eat Bulaga – MTB (eat bulaga again nanalo)
    Eat Bulaga – Masayang Tanghali Bayan (kahit pinalitan pangalan plakado pa din ng EB.. kaya natalo)
    Eat Bulaga – MTB.. ang saya saya (nagpalit lang ng hosts pero ganun pa din ang format.. wala pa ding epek)
    Eat Bulaga – Wowowee (nagkaroon ng changes sa wowowee at nagcclick.. pero bandang huli nawala sa ere dahil sa internal reasons.. kaya winner pa din EB)..
    Eat Bulaga – Pilipinas Win na win (lose na lose talaga sa EB)..
    Eat Bulaga – Showtime (tinapat sa EB dahil walang wala ang PWNW.. talent show ang showtime pero bakit nagiging variety show na at may elements na parang wowowee? diba parang ginagaya na nila ang istilo ng wowowee at EB?)

  14. hahaha..anong nangyari sa ABS CBN? parang nataranta na yata sila!…dalawang beses na kayong iniwan…noon and buong staff ng eat bulaga…ngayon halos all staff of wowoweeeeee…. baka na sa inyo ABS and problema…. tama ba?

  15. hahaha..anong nangyari sa ABS CBN? parang nataranta na yata sila!…dalawang beses na kayong iniwan…noon and buong staff ng eat bulaga…ngayon halos all staff of wowoweeeeee…. baka na sa inyo ABS and problema…. tama ba?

  16. at bakit sila nagsampa sa Makati RTC? kasi di sila umubra at pinaboran sa QC RTC? baka pag natalo na naman ang ABS sa kaso sa Tawi-Tawi RTC na sila magsampa para makakuha lang ng simpatya…

  17. hahahaha… di makaget-over… gayang gaya kaya ang Showtime… dinagdagan nyo lang ng ibang element pero iisa pa din ang totoo… tgalent show din sya.. talent show din ang talentadong pinoy pero nauna naman ang TP… ahahaha…

    ung grazilda, di sya gaya sa cinderella.. binigyan lang nila ng ibang side ang story ni cinderella..

    info lang.. nung binubuo ang wowowee.. isa sa mga nagbibigay ng concepts at ideas si willie kaya may karapatan din syang gamitin ung mga concepts na un sa willing willie.. saka may katibayan ba kau o kasulatan na dapat lahat ng ganitong format sa ABS lang? BUWAKAW naman ng ABS… saka dapat unang magrereklamo jan ang Eat Bulaga kasi nauna sila sa variety shows at mga may pakontes na ganyan, ginaya lang din yan ng wowowee na ginagaya din ngaun ng pilipinas win na win…

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