Has anyone been following what's going on with Idahosa's "Mimic Method" of late? Idahosa has always bugged me a bit with his talk about "flow" -- not because it's a bad idea, but because he's invented a new word where we already have a perfectly good one: prosody. And unlike most of the amateurs on the net, he's someone who seems to have enough of an academic background to know this. So rather than competing in the marketplace for "best course for prosody", he's hiding what he's talking about to make it seem like he's the only guy dealing with this part of language. That seems kind of dishonest to me. I also find his focus on rap to be a bit weird, given how rap doesn't always actually respect the prosody of the host language, instead building up complex percussive rhythms that wouldn't occur in speech. Anyway, his latest project's a bit of a weird one. He's making an app as a sort of add-on for DuoLingo... and judging by the Kickstarter page, he's doing it without their permission. He's going to manually copy the entire DuoLingo sentence database into the app... isn't that a little illegal...? He seems to think he's found a way round it by using "similar" sentences instead of identical ones, but he's still got to copy the entire database in order to create a lookup. I think he's setting himself up for an almighty whacking lawsuit. He's presumably already had some kind of lawyer's letter about it, so I can't understand why he hasn't ditched the project. In five days, the Kickstarter campaign ends, and as he's already hit the funding target, that means he'll have legal obligations to his backers that I just don't think he can legally fulfil -- and how can he refund the money if DuoLingo get awarded damages by the courts?