Legal Analysis on Program Format Protection

By Luo Yanjie

China’s Got Talent broadcasted on Dragon TV has seen its 4th season this year, and during the past couple years, the show has been one of the most popular interactive reality TV shows in China. The main reason contributing to the show’s success is its high production level and the claimed license from British copyright owner which makes the program the true Talent like its British and American equivalents. However, in fact, Dragon TV’s statement is not legally accurate by China Copyright Law for the show is kind of transfer of the British program format. Today, the essay will tell you shall the program format be protected by law and what kind protection it is.