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Judge Tosses Hayden Christensen's Television Lawsuit

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You can't win them all!

Hayden Christensen and his brother Tove filed a lawsuit against the television network USA for allegedly ripping off their their proposal for a TV series about a doctor who makes housecalls to the rich and famous.

Sound familiar?

The brothers said that they pitched an idea for a comedic-drama about a "concierge" doctor show called Housecall in 2005.

Although execs found the idea "fascinating", they passed, but their lawsuit claims they developed their own version Royal Pains instead.

While we can see Hayden and Toves reasoning for filing suit, a federal judge said their breach-of-contract claims were trumped by federal law "concerning materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas."

Sorry fellas! It doesn't sound like they are giving up hope though, because their lawyer said:

"We are disappointed with the ruling and hope to have it reversed on appeal."

Good luck!

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4 comments to “Judge Tosses Hayden Christensen's Television Lawsuit”

  1. 1

    Pretty generic "idea."

  2. 2

    Sadly it's common. Is it fair? No

  3. 3

    No matter what a judge says - once you create an idea it belongs to you. Belive me I've checked it out due to writing an unpublished Star Wars novel, but due to the subject matter relating to "Star Wars" my story can't be published; nor can I get a copyright for my material without permission from Lucasfilms, Ltd. That even includes my new characters and plot. That is a reasoanable demand in my situation, but in all fairness to Hayden and Tove's case; I don't think they've been given a fair shake.

    I've heard that Hayden's grandmother resides on Long Island (I live on the North Shore) and though I'm not sure where she lives it's most likely the South Side where USA films "Royal Pains." I'm certain Hayden has been to visit his grandmother on the South Shore and most likely did pitch this idea to USA whom I believe did steal it from Hayden and Tove even if the idea wasn't in written form.

  4. 4

    Too bad they didn't write it down. According to copyright laws all they would have to have done is have a written synopsis as part of the pitch, if they turned around and developed their own show it would have then been a violation.
    @Forcechild, the law is totally about the medium, an idea cannot be copyrighted but once it is set in a medium, and is considered "unique and original" (in the eyes of the law, not art) then it gains automatic protection.