ABS-CBN files P127-M case against Willie Revillame and TV5, ‘Willing Willie a copycat of Wowowee’

By on Nov 25, 2010 in Entertainment, Television, World Comments

ABS-CBN filed a P127 million copyright infringement case against Willie Revillame, his production outfit (WilProductions, Inc.), and TV5, before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Wednesday.

As published on its official news website, ABS-CBN network said that Willie Revillame’s new show at TV5, Willing Willie is ‘undeniably a copycat of Wowowee’.

Apparently, the 33-page complaint filed by ABS-CBN against Willie Revillame and TV5, stated that as the producer of the defunct show Wowowee, it is entitled to protection against illegal copy, as cited in section 172.2(l) of the Intellectual Property Code.

Although Willing Willie has different title and segment titles, ABS-CBN said that there were acts of plagiarism made by the show, in which some of them are explained below, as taken from their post.

1. Willing Willie’s opening song and/or dance number led by its host

2. Wowowee’s “BIGA-TEN” against Willing Willie’s “Big Time Ka”

3. Wowowee’s “Willie of Fortune” against Willing Willie’s “Willtime Bigtime,” in which a portion allows the contestants to tell their personal stories and show their talents before they play a singing and/or trivia game

4. The dancers and characters of Wowowee are also appearing in Willing Willie, most notable of whom is April “Congratulations” Gustilo

5. The set design, stage, studio viewers’ seats lay-out, lighting and camera angles of Willing Willie are also strikingly similar to Wowowee

In addition, ABS-CBN also requested a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and/or a Writ of Injunction to stop Willie Revillame, TV5 and their other co-defendants from making and airing the show Willing-Willie.

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