Seven has lost its bid to have Nine's cooking show The Hot Plate taken off air, despite its claims it was breaching the copyright of its popular cooking show My Kitchen Rules.
Seven's loss sees little hope for the network in getting season one of Nine's cooking show taken off air, however there may be a chance yet, with Federal Court Justice Nicholas citing today in court that while he wouldn't grant the injunction to stop the show going to air he did say: "... I am satisfied that Seven has a reasonably considerable case for showing that there has been an infringement of copyright by Nine."
Justice Nicholas left the matter saying he was waiting for further directions by either party for "... A view ensuring at least at the trial level the matter is brought to conclusion long before there is any prospect of a second season."
The legal action came just as Nine's Hot Plate was stating to pick up speed in terms of audiences, while Seven's currently running rival cooking program Restaurant Revolution has been relegated to just one showing on Thursday night.
A Nine spokesperson said: “We are pleased with the court’s decision today regarding The Hotplate and look forward to continuing this hit series on Nine."
Speaking as to why Seven initially went to court a spokesperson said: “Channel Nine's on-air promotions for its programme had a strange sense of deja vu.”
“We then saw it. We believe Nine has appropriated Seven's My Kitchen Rules original format and related production elements, and contravened copyright. That's why we're in court."
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