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Believe it or not, the latest Big Brother controversy isn’t even about what’s going on in the house! While we’re inching ourselves toward yet another showdown to determine the lucky recipient of $500K, one man claims the CBS bosses have stolen his invention and are using it as a voting system.


According to TMZ, Edwin Lyda claims he invented the system for text message voting and even holds the patents to prove it. Big Brother, of course, doesn’t use the voting in order to evict people from the show (the contestants do), but they allow the public to vote — via telephone, online, an app, or text messaging — for certain things like Team America missions, food for the have-nots, and other things that add a level of fun to the game.

While CBS has yet to comment on this claim, Edwin wants to take the network to court because he says his technology is a big part of the show. Clearly this dude thinks he’s entitled to some of the many millions Big Brother brings in for the network, but we’ll leave that for a judge to decide.

Many reality shows use this kind of voting technology, so why is he calling out Big Brother? Is it the only show he thinks is using his product illegally? Could this potentially span across other shows? Either this could become a really big deal or it will fizzle away into nothingness.

Do you think Edwin’s technology is being used illegally on the CBS hit show? Take to the comments and sound off!

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!