Fox, Others Win Toss Of 'American Idol' Idea Theft Suit

Law360, New York (February 6, 2012, 1:15 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed an Australian pitchman's latest lawsuit accusing producers of “American Idol” and other reality competition shows of stealing his ideas, saying he had failed to demonstrate that his generalized ideas were stolen.

   In her order dismissing Paul Thayil's suit against Fox Corp., Sony Music Entertainment and others involved in the creation of “Idol” and three other reality shows allegedly based on the plaintiff's ideas, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin said that Thayil had failed to show that...
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