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Irishman files copyright lawsuit against makers of 'The Voice'

Published 11/11/2015 | 10:01

The Voice coaches Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith, Boy George, Will.i.am
The Voice coaches Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith, Boy George, Will.i.am

An Irishman has filed a copyright case against the makers of 'The Voice' claiming it is based on his idea for a show called The Voice of America.

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Roy Barry claims he came up with the idea for a talent show in which judges could not see the contestants in 2008, and registered a domain name for The Voice of America.

The Guardian reports that Barry claims he registered his show idea with The Writers' Vault, which is a US platform where new ideas as pitched for TV shows, and that a person who went on to work at Talpa Media viewed his format and "signed an NDA".

Talpa Media began registering domain names for The Voice around the world in 2010.

The company refutes Barry's claims but a court in LA in July heard a motion filed by Talpa USA to dismiss the case, but the judge ruled that the evidence over Barry's breach of contract claim was sufficient to go to trial.

A date will be set next month and the trial is expected to start next year.

This week The Voice was 'poached' from the BBC and is expected to go to ITV where it may threaten Simon Cowell's X Factor.

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