Willie scores vs ABS-CBN

PNS — TELEVISION host Willie B. Revillame scored another victory in his ongoing legal battle against media giant ABS-CBN after the Court of Appeals granted the petition of TV5 and its president Ray C. Espinosa seeking to stop a Makati court from hearing the infringement case filed against Revillame and the Kapatid network.

The Appellate Court ordered Makati Judge Joselito Villarosa to stop hearing the TRO application of ABS-CBN on the copyright infringement case filed against Revillame.

The Kapamilya network claimed that Revillame’s new game show, “Willing Willie,” aired over TV5 was an exact copycat of ABS-CBN’s defunct show “Wowowee.”

The TV5 was allowed to file a cash bond in the amount of P102,400,000 “to answer for any and all damages which private respondent (ABS-CBN) may suffer or sustain, by reason of the temporary restraining order, should this Court finally decide that the petitioners are not entitled thereto.”

In filing the TRO petition, TV5 cited the lack of jurisdiction of the Makati court over the copyright infringement case and “forum-shopping” on the part of ABS-CBN.