Seven to sue Nine over copycat cooking

Rachael Micallef
By Rachael Micallef | 3 August 2015

Heat is rising in the reality wars, with the Seven Network taking Nine Network to court over claims that the format of its new show The Hotplate is too similar to its ratings hit, My Kitchen Rules.

A spokesperson from Seven confirmed that the network would be bringing its claims to court to determine if Nine has infringed on its copyright.

"Channel Nine's on-air promotions for its programme had a strange sense of deja vu,” a spokesperson said.

“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."

Nine is defending the program, with a spokesperson noting: “The Hotplate is an original format developed by Nine and we will be defending the claims vigorously, there's no further comment at this point.”

The Herald Sun is reporting that the matter will be heard tomorrow.

The Hotplate had its debut on screens last Tuesday. On launch, many viewers took to Twitter to note the similarities between the other reality cooking shows including Ten's MasterChef.

But not all viewers were concerned with the similarities.

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