Here's a student note published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law: J. Matthew Sharp, NOTE: The Reality of Reality Television: Understanding the Unique Nature of the Reality Genre in Copyright Infringement Cases, 8 Vanderbilt J. of Entertainment and Technology Law 177 (Winter 2005). It discusses The Simpsons, reality tv and copyright.
PHOSITA®'s Laura Woods uses TESS to figure out the next great reality TV hit: Reality TV junkie: "What do intellectual property attorneys do in their spare time? On this Friday, I have decided to let you in on one of my hobbies – looking up future TV reality show names on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website. See, an interesting little fact unknown to the rest of the world is that production companies usually like to file trademarks on the TV reality show names long before they air on TV."
Previously: Reality TV and the Law