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Vancouver Man Drops Avatar Lawsuit

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DH Vancouver Staff Mar 20, 2014 9:24 pm

In 2010, Bellagio Cafe owner Emil Malak sued Hollywood director James Cameron for copyright infringement over the 2009 megahit Avatar. After years of fighting, he has dropped the lawsuit after one day in federal court. 

The lawsuit claimed that Cameron used material from his science fiction script Terra Incognita for the mega hit Avatar.

Malak claimed he sent his script to Cameron back in 2002. Cameron was in town to film Dark Angel, the show that launched Jessica Alba into the mainstream.

Malak said there are 42 similarities between the two stories, one of which being that his female characters were to wear virtually no clothing, a ploy to attract male viewers.

The lead female alien in Avatar, Neytiri, often appears on screen barely clothed.

The defense countered that Cameron wrote his screenplay for Avatar in 1997.


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