Seven loses court bid to have The Hotplate taken off the air
THE Hotplate will stay on our screens after Channel 7 lost its bid in the Federal Court to have the rival reality cooking show taken off the air.
This afternoon Justice John Nicholas ruled in favour of Channel 9 and production company Endemol.
Justice Nicholas said there was no copyright infringement to warrant an urgent injunction on The Hotplate, six episodes of which have already aired.
Seven has vowed to continue legal action against Nine for what it alleges is a copy-cat of its hit cooking show My Kitchen Rules.
"His Honour today found that Seven has an arguable case that the close similarity of the formats is the result of copying and that there is a reasonable basis for Seven to argue that, directly or indirectly, the team responsible for developing the Hotplate format has copied the format, or a large part of the format, used in MKR," Seven said in a statement.
"Seven will continue its case against the Nine program which it asserts is a straight rip-off of My Kitchen Rules."
The Hotplate debuted head-to-head against Seven's new reality food show Restaurant Revolution, which has been scaled back to one night a week (Thursdays) because of poor ratings.
The full case will be heard at a later date. Seven has 28 days to lodge an appeal Justice Nicholas's ruling of the temporary injunction.