Talpa Media, the producers of BBC’s ‘The Voice’, are expected to enter a legal battle at the beginning of the New Year over copyright claims.

Roy Barry alleges that in 2008 he filed a copyright for ‘The Voice of America’, a talent show which he describes with uncanny similarity to the popular BBC show ‘The Voice’. Barry asserts that his idea involved judges sitting behind a screen unable to watch contestants, but still being able to hear them sing.

It is claimed that in 2009, an employee of The Entertainment Group (TEG) signed a non-disclosure agreement for Barry’s proposed concept before going to work at Talpa Media following the bankruptcy of TEG.

In 2010, Talpa Media began to register domain names for The Voice.

Talpa Media has denied the allegations and awaits a trial date to be set for the beginning of 2016.