Fantasy Artist Says 'Avatar' Ripped Off His Paintings

Law360, New York (June 28, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT) -- Director James Cameron was sued for copyright infringement in California on Thursday, being accused of ripping off a fantasy painter's work for his 2009 sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar."

The lawsuit says Cameron and fellow defendant Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. “knowingly and willfully infringed” English artist Roger Dean's copyrighted works and seeks at least $50 million in damages. Dean claims the fictional planet Pandora, the setting for Cameron's movie, and the creatures that populate the alien world lift elements from his paintings and drawings.

“As a result,...
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