man sues FOX and American Idol producers saying show was his idea.

man sues FOX and American Idol producers saying show was his idea.
A man living in Texas says he came up with the idea for and even the name American Idol in the mid-1990s, and he wants damages from FOX and Fremantle Media, the production company behind the original UK show and American version. He also wants them to stop using the name and concept. Harry T. Keane Jr. says he has “a letter and drawings, dated 1994 and 1998 … [that give] three possible names for his idea: Ultimate Star Search, American Idol and American Superstars,” The Houston Chronicle reports. His letter also includes details about the show, from its format to the stage design, all of which are apparently similar to the actual show. CNN reports that he copyrighted those details in 1997, but “didn’t file the suit earlier because he wasn’t aware of the show in Britain, and after the American version came out, he had to get his paperwork in order.” He’s asked FOX for a $300 million settlement; a FOX spokesperson said the man’s claim “is ridiculous, and the lawsuit is ridiculous.”
+ also: E!’s story about the lawsuit says a Harry Keane Jr. of Irving, Texas, lists American Idol as his favorite show on a racing web site.

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