Judge Finds No Copyright Infringement in 'Avatar' Suit

Law360, New York (September 17, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Monday threw out one of several suits that claim director James Cameron ripped off the idea for "Avatar," finding that a screenwriter's unmade fantasy film was not "substantially similar" to the 2009 box office smash.

Elijah Schkeiban alleged in a suit filed in January that Cameron and “Avatar” distributor Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. infringed on his copyright in his novel “Bats and Butterflies,” a story about a bullied schoolboy who travels to a magical land and befriends its inhabitants. He is...
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