U.S. TV net vs. FRAPA.

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A leaked memo to employees of New York-based TV network ABC has caused a stir with the Format Recognition and Protection Agency (FRAPA), a Cologne, Germany-based international organization that safeguards formats. On June 14, 2008, ABC Studios executive vice president Howard Davine sent out a memo to the network's executive producers, which, according to FRAPA's interpretation hinted that producers should circumvent intellectual property laws.

The memo, which was originally published by Los Angeles entertainment industry blog Deadline Hollywood Daily in late June, encouraged producers to "carefully scrutinize" whether it is "necessary or appropriate" to license foreign formats. FRAPA, which represents about 100 companies from around the...

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