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for the ages. Could television's greatest talent competitions all be the
product of infringement? One man asserts they are.
Australian Paul Thayil filed a pro se complaint in the Southern District of New
York, accusing various defendants (Including Fox, Simon Cowell, and NBC) of
copyright infringement and illegal use of a trade secret.
alleges that in 1997, his "Marketing Plan" was provided to defendants as a trade
secret for their evaluation and a possible business venture. Specifically, he claims
that defendants received the Marketing Plan either directly through Australia
SONY or indirectly through EMI Music London.
Marketing Plan was rejected, but according to Thayil:
The Defendants used the ideas, data,
information, direction and strategy outlined in the said Marketing Plan to
develop, produce and broadcast four (4) television shows in the United States,
Australia and Britain. The four (4) television shows contained in Plaintiff's
Marketing Plan that were shared with Defendants in early 1997 were entitled -
with the Stars
You Think You Can Dance
on to allege that Simon Cowell attended investors' meetings to generate funds
for the shows and, in doing so, followed the Marketing Plan. Thayil then points
to his Marketing Plan for the following concepts:
addition, Thayil claims over 45 other detailed matches between his Marketing
Plan and defendants' actions.
View or download the complaint filed in Thayil v. Fox & Simon Cowell, et al., 11-04791 (S.D.N.Y. July 12 2011)
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