Apparently there's a "highly anticipated" reality show coming soon to US TV called My Parents Are Gonna Love You
, in which contestants on the show bring a celebrity home to meet their parents, claiming the two are engaged. There's some sort of contest involved in how long the "couple" can keep family convinced that the relationship is real. Sounds... painful. However, the producers are now being sued for copyright infringement
by the producers of an Italian reality show that had a somewhat (though not exactly) similar idea.
Of course, we're always told (aren't we?) by copyright system defenders that copyright only extends to the specific expression
, not the idea
. It seems pretty clear that this lawsuit is claiming the "idea" was copied. So now we'll get to see if the courts really do recognize that there is supposed to be an idea/expression dichotomy in copyright law...