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'Idol' fan's Web site irks show's parent company

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio - A northeast Ohio man has drawn criticism from "American Idol" over a Web site that gives fans a download helping them phone in multiple votes for their favorite contestants.

The parent company of the Fox television talent show is FremantleMedia in London.

It has taken issue with DialIdol.com, created by Jim Hellriegel Jr., 30, of Mentor-on-the-Lake. Hellriegel uses data from the calls to post predictions about which contestants will win.

A lawyer representing FremantleMedia sent Hellriegel an e-mail, saying that the site makes unlawful use of "American Idol" intellectual property.

Hellriegel says his site never offered audio or video of the show, as the letter alleges.

He had initially taken down the site. But he changed its logo and put it back up Tuesday night.

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