Law360, New York (January 21, 2014, 1:26 PM EST) -- A Maryland federal judge on Friday tossed a billion-dollar copyright infringement suit against director James Cameron over the movie “Avatar,” in the latest ruling to shoot down allegations that elements of the 2009 film were lifted from lesser-known works.
U.S. District Judge Roger Titus ruled that Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. hadn't stolen elements of two screenplays written by Bryant Moore, finding Cameron had never had sufficient access to the unproduced scripts and that they weren't substantially similar to “Avatar” anyway.
Moore's case was one of at least four suits filed in late 2011 and early 2012 that claimed Cameron...
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