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skeptic
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I heard a few days ago that one of the European TV networks (possibly Spanish) intends to to a reality show where they find several forty year old male virgins and one experienced female, and lock them in a resort for a few days. A series of contests will eliminate them all until the lucky winner gets to ... well, I'm sure you can figure the rest out.
Has anyone else heard of this?.
I know European TV can be very raunchy, but I'm not sure they would go this far.

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Hmmm. How do they confirm that someone's a virgin?
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quote:
Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
Hmmm. How do they confirm that someone's a virgin?

I don't suppose they'd really care, so long as it gets ratings. Unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if such a program got made - or if it was a hit. *sigh*

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quote:
Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
Hmmm. How do they confirm that someone's a virgin?

Prob look at the size of his comic book collection.
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Maybe what you heard was part of the publicity for the movie The 40 Year Old Virgin.

Or a copy cat effort.

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Isn't it amazing how Western culture illegalizes prostitution but then shows it on T.V.?
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Not really, last time I checked, prostitution is sort of legal in Germany and definitely legal in the Netherlands.
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I knew it was in the Netherlands, didn't know about Germany.

Still, it amazes me how in the U.S. there's so much hypocrisy between what we'll show on T.V. and what we'll keep illegal or socially taboo. It's fine, both legally and socially, to have a T.V. show where men pick out women like puppies from a litter (and the other way around), but it's illegal for two consenting adults to have sexual contact if money's been exchanged for it. It's legal in most European countries to show a movie depicting rape and murder, but it's illegal to carry a gun for self-defense.

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Originally posted by Hug a Revolutionary:
I knew it was in the Netherlands, didn't know about Germany.

Still, it amazes me how in the U.S. there's so much hypocrisy between what we'll show on T.V. and what we'll keep illegal or socially taboo. It's fine, both legally and socially, to have a T.V. show where men pick out women like puppies from a litter (and the other way around), but it's illegal for two consenting adults to have sexual contact if money's been exchanged for it. It's legal in most European countries to show a movie depicting rape and murder, but it's illegal to carry a gun for self-defense.

aren't brothel's legal in some states of the US? I seem to remember Louis theroux doing a documentary from one last year.

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Prostitution's legal in Nevada, but nowhere else. It's a very strictly regulated "market" though.
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Prostitution is not legal in all of Nevada, only in certain counties and only in brothels. Prostitution is illegal in any county with a population over 400,000, which includes Clark County (which itself includes Las Vegas).

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Nevada

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In the same light, I heard recently that the idea of having a "Big Brother" type show with a strong sexual content is actually a copyrighted idea. This came up (no pun intended) when the most recent BB series started to get a bit frisky, and they got a warning about a potential copyright violation.
Not sure if it is true, it was in the paper, but there are a lot of weird ideas that people claim copyright on.

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Ideas cannot be copyrighted, that's why you see so many reality TV shows.
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This is basically the concept for "Average Joe", minus the "locked in a house" bit, and without verifying the men's sexual knowledge.
Also "Average Joe" hedged its bets by bringing in the "studs" after a bit, forcing the insipid model to choose between a 30 year old socially awkward doofus and a 25 year old intellectually stunted frat boy. The highest of comedy was when one of the models chose her frat boy, and then got dumped by him when she told him she dated Fabio. I mean, who does he think he is, some dumbass physical trainer dumping a hot chick because she dated Fabio? Fabio's been on book covers, AND he got hit in the face with a goose on a rollercoaster, and what have you ever done, jackass?
Sorry. I obsess about that show. The funniest hour of TV since our local Fox affiliate stopped doing back to back Simpson reruns.

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quote:
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Ideas cannot be copyrighted, that's why you see so many reality TV shows.

????????? Very surprising to hear this. How does a network protect its idea for a show then? Trademark I can understand, but surely their must be some sort of protection. (I know titles definitly can not be copyrighted).

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Ideas cannot be copyrighted, that's why you see so many reality TV shows.
But specific expressions of ideas can be protected by copyright, and most reality TV shows are sufficiently specific expressions of ideas to fall under such protection.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by damsa:
Ideas cannot be copyrighted, that's why you see so many reality TV shows.

????????? Very surprising to hear this. How does a network protect its idea for a show then? Trademark I can understand, but surely their must be some sort of protection. (I know titles definitly can not be copyrighted).
Networks protect their ideas via contracts, and non disclosure agreements. Also they protect titles with trademarks. You usually cannot trademark a title. But you can trademark the name with goods associated with the title.
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quote:
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Ideas cannot be copyrighted, that's why you see so many reality TV shows.
But specific expressions of ideas can be protected by copyright, and most reality TV shows are sufficiently specific expressions of ideas to fall under such protection.

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If there was a specific expression of an idea then it can probably protected. Certain aspects of reality shows can be protected.

Games concepts cannot be copyrighted but specific artwork can be. Thus someone can make a monopoly like game but they cannot use Boardwalk, Park Place etc, but they are free to make a game where you use dice and move about buying property.

Copyrighting games

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quote:
Originally posted by Tee Hee:
I mean, who does he think he is, some dumbass physical trainer dumping a hot chick because she dated Fabio? Fabio's been on book covers, AND he got hit in the face with a goose on a rollercoaster, and what have you ever done, jackass?

You, sir, have rofled my waffle. [lol]

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