A Manhattan federal judge has dismissed an “absurd” copyright infringement claim against the creators of the popular TV series “Heroes” and NBC Universal.

Southern District Judge Denise Cote said in Mallery v. NBC Universal, 07 Civ. 2250, that the line between mere “ideas” and protected “expression” is “famously difficult to fix precisely.” Here, however, she concluded that “Heroes” had not come close to crossing that line.