I Wrote That: A Look At The 'Avatar' Copyright Cases
Law360, New York (April 13, 2016, 11:09 AM EDT) -- He claims to have created "Avatar," she claims to have created "Avatar," but seven U.S. courts concurred that James Cameron created "Avatar" without any plausible evidence of reliance on the works of plaintiffs in a slew of suits decided between 2012 and 2015. Plaintiffs alleged — but failed to prove — that Cameron infringed their respective copyrights.
The plaintiffs came into court enumerating similarities between their novels, scripts and treatments, on the one hand, and "Avatar" characters, scenes, and settings, on the other. They came assuming Cameron's familiarity with their works. They came concluding that he had found their creations so...
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