Date: 6th September 2000
Marvin Rosenblum, a Chicago lawyer who claims he owns the film and TV rights to George Orwell's 1984 novel, has sued the producers of Big Brother, claiming that they failed to seek permission to use the novel's most famous description for the title of their show. The Orwell novel, written in 1949, describes a future in which people are constantly watched in their homes and at work by Big Brother. The U.S. company that produces Big Brother is called Orwell Productions.
Source: Studio Briefing