James Cameron sued over ‘Avatar’
Artist Roger Dean has sued acclaimed director James Cameron for the sum of $50m (£43m).
Dean who designed some of the most iconic album covers for bands such as Yes and Asia – claims that Cameron copied ideas by him for the 2009 movie Avatar.
Dean accused Cameron of “wilful and deliberate copying, dissemination and exploitation” of his original art work.
Avatar, which used groundbreaking 3D and special effects work is the highest rated -grossing film of all time, making over $2.8bn worldwide.
Dean claims that Cameron “studied and referenced his art in preparation for the film”.
The papers continued: “The similarities of each such work are substantial, continuing, and direct so as to rule out any accidental copying or similarity in scenes common to the genre.”
He stated that his paintings of floating islands and arches in the sky – which were created over the space of 40 years – were copied by Cameron.
Dean also compared the Tree of Life and the Home Tree of Avatar’s alien race the Na’vi, with his own works Pathway and Floating Jungle.
This is not the first time that Cameron has ran into legal matters when it comes to Avatar. Earlier this year, screenwriter Bryant Moore claimed that parts of his scripts were used in Avatar, while Cameron won two separate judgements against similar claims last year.
Avatar has two sequels in the offing, with the first due for December 2014, followed by a second 12 months later.
(via Digital Spy)
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