'Idol' Makers Sue Peru Company
Feb. 02, 2005
MIAMI (AP) _ The makers of ``American Idol'' are suing a Peruvian television company, claiming its ``Superstar'' show has copied the hit talent contest program.
FremantleMedia North America Inc., FremantleMedia Ltd. and 19TV Ltd. filed the lawsuit in federal court last Wednesday. They want Panamericana Television SA to be barred from showing ``Superstar'' in the United States.
The producers of ``American Idol,'' which airs on the Fox network, allege that ``Superstar'' infringes on their copyright. The lawsuit lists the similarities between the two shows, including having two supportive judges and a caustic one.
Several workers reached by The Associated Press at Panamericana in Lima, Peru, declined to comment.
FremantleMedia and the other producers fear that Panamericana may try to bring ``Superstar'' to the United States to appeal to the country's large Spanish-speaking audience, the lawsuit said.
Last month, TV viewers turned out 33.5 million strong for the debut of the fourth season of ``American Idol.''
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