The incredibly popular TV talent show The Voice of China is the subject of a legal dispute between a Chinese production company and Dutch copyright owner.
The SCMP reports that Talpa Media, which owns the rights to The Voice, released a statement which alleges that Chinese production company Star China intends to produce a fifth series despite not securing the rights to do so. The previous contract between the two parties expired on January 8
In fact, Talpa media have already signed an agreement with another company Zhejiang Tangde to produce series five through eight in the Chinese market. Despite this, Star China have already carried out auditions for the fifth series which is due to air in July.
Despite recent developments, Star China hit back and said earlier this week that Talpa had broken the conventions for renewing contracts and was trying to extort hundreds of millions in copyright fees. It said that Talpa terminated the contract without consulting the firm.
Star China has stated that it maintains the rights to use the Chinese name of The Voice and will continue to produce the show with their own original productions and development. The company seems to be holding true to their word. On Friday they announced a new line of judges for the next season.
Talpa has since said that they are “vigorously taking all legal steps to enforce and protect its rights from further unauthorized use.”
By Kitty Lai