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I have been thinking for the last few years about how a particular decision or event can change the course of our lives. Then out comes the movie "Sliding Doors" (which I thought was great). Did they steal my idea? Heck no.

Stolen intellectual property is sometimes hard to demonstrate. We all share a lot of the same cultural stimulants, so people get similar ideas nearly simultaneously.

But out-and-out thievery is maddening. I live in Los Angeles, and it's not uncommon to hear one (struggling) person's idea end up as another (rich) person's Ally McBeal episode in a very short time.

"Immature artists imitate--mature artists plagiarize"--TS Eliot.

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