RDF Media could set a legal precedent for reality producers in the US after it filed an $18m (£9.5m) case against US network Fox for allegedly ripping off its flagship Wife Swapformat.
RDF Media could set a legal precedent for reality producers in the US after it filed an $18m (£9.5m) case against US network Fox for allegedly ripping off its flagship Wife Swapformat.

RDF is suing News Corp-owned Fox and producer Rocket Science Laboratory for copyright and trademark infringement after they launched their own domestic swap format Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommyin the summer. RDF's Wife Swapairs on rival network ABC.

Both shows centre on two wives swapping families, imposing their own rules on their adopted households and then meeting up to discuss the swap. Fox, however, has given its show a twist by adding a cash prize.

"In our view, this is the most clear-cut case of copyright theft in the history of the reality genre," said RDF director of programmes Stephen Lambert, the creator and executive producer of Wife Swap.