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Project Copycat?

In Project Runway previews the past couple of weeks, the oracular Tim Gunn has admonished the competing designers, "Don't be copycats."  Apparently someone skipped kindergarten. 

Now some insist that Project Runway itself may be a knockoff.  Two separate lawsuits claim that ideas for "America's Runway" and "America's Fashion Designer Search," respectively, were pitched to defendants later involved in the development of Project Runway.

You can't copyright an idea, only its specific expression -- but it is alleged that the show is a bit too similar to the plaintiffs' pitches to be a coincidence.  But perhaps Heidi Klum et al. should be pleased.  Nobody ever sues a flop.

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