Copy Cat Success
Who Made Willie?
If Willie was hurt so also the one who made him as he is now, thus his copy cat show on TV5-Willing Willie is continue on the rocks with his maker with the copyright infringement case that will continue to haunt his new show on TV5 unless Willie do some acknowledging and apology for he was not only the one that has been hurt.
ABS-CBN has the right to do so because its creative team have originally conceptualized the show Wowowee and not only Willie alone (if perchance, he was also involved in the conceptualization of the show) unless Willie Revillame ask a permission from the creative team of Wowowee to adapt the concept of his former show on ABS-CBN into his new show on TV5- Willing Willie, but does he, if ABS-CBN filed such case against him and his new show Willing Willie? Perhaps, if Mr. Willie Revillame has done what is right from the very start, he will not have any legal problems now though he transfers into another TV network. But sadly, he always do a sloppy spills, thus he always become controversial and on the thick of a legal problem. Now, what he will do?
Making his own maker bad on the public by saying he just wanted to “spread joy and help poor people” but ABS-CBN hinders him is indeed somewhat not pleasant and good indication of his attitude and not a valid excuse or justification.
What if ABS-CBN never helps him and give him chance then despite of his constant wayward attitude, if ABS-CBN is not very patient about him, will he able to reach now what he have now reached? Will his “Willing Willie” show on TV5 will rate high in the ratings without what ABS-CBN made him on his former show Wowowee? Perhaps, Willie Revillame should acknowledge and remember where he came from and who help him from scratch into his now stellar wealthy success every now and then in himself so that he will not fly too high and forget who owes his strong wings now and why he now on high. But to forget so and cast bad things to the one who put him on high and claimed he alone who made his strong wings is an indication of an ungrateful and unthankful character of him, which of course will cause him a lot of trouble and problems as he was now experiencing. If only he acknowledge whom he owes what he is now, there should be no problem. Though if he wish to transfer into another TV network and do a new TV show, he should respect and honor the one whom he owe his success through not copying concepts and ideas from the one whom he owe his success into his new TV show on new TV network without the permission of the one he owe his success. For doing so, is a great insult.
Thus, Mr. Willie Revillame is not the only one who has been hurt from the controversy but also the ABS-CBN TV network that made him what he is now. Perhaps, just a little respect and honor and acknowledgement is what Willie Revillame should do, in order to stop the legal case against his new show if he wanted everything to be okay and run smoothly.
Furthermore, TV5 channel 5 should not tolerate such ungrateful attitude to its own pool of stars to whom they owe their stellar success before they join TV5, just for the sake of grabbing public attention and seeking an increate rate of public viewership.
ABS-CBN filed case in good faith and simply to protect its rights under the law. It’s not motivated by ‘vengeance’ to get back at anyone. Infringement of Intellectual Property rights is a very serious matter akin to stealing another’s property. It’s also like plagiarism which the public has condemned in recent events.
ABS-CBN has a valid case and we will pursue it in court.
Bong R. Osorio
Head, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications