‘Avatar’ Plagiarism Suit Against James Cameron Dismissed

James Cameron

Judge finds Cameron created 'Avatar'

A California state court judge has sided with James Cameron, dismissing a lawsuit alleging the director had plagiarized ideas for the blockbuster film “Avatar.”

Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment were sued in 2011 by Eric Ryder, who alleged he had spent two years developing a movie at Lightstorm that became the basis for “Avatar.” Ryder said he wrote an environmentally themed movie script called “K.R.Z. 2068” and created treatments, photos, 3D imagery and characters.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason granted Cameron’s motion Wednesday for summary judgment and found “Avatar” was independently created by Cameron.

Attorneys for Ryder said they were considering an appeal.

20th Century Fox said Bryant-Deason’s ruling was consistent with a separate ruling earlier this year by U.S. District Court  Judge Margaret Morrow in a similar suit filed by Gerald Morawski. Morrow granted summary judgment in favor of Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment, ruling that while a project that Morawski pitched to Cameron in 1991 bore similarities to “Avatar,” the director independently created those elements before his meetings with Morawski.

Cameron issued a statement in response to the Ryder suit: “Sadly, it seems that whenever a successful motion picture is produced, there are people who try to ‘get rich quick’ by claiming their ideas were used. Several such claims have been asserted in connection with ‘Avatar.’ I am grateful that our courts have consistently found these claims to be meritless.”

“As I have previously stated, ‘Avatar’ was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades,” Cameron added. “I am very appreciative that the Court rejected the specious claim by Mr. Ryder that I used any of his ideas in my film.”

Attorneys for Ryder said, “We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling and we are considering our options for appeal.”

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  1. Meta says:

    Calm down ingrates. Nothing Is original in American cinema. Star Wars is a rip about as original story wise as avatar and no one complained. Same with pulp fiction. The list goes on and on. There is no such thing as a COMPLETELY original story and if you think there is then you don’t know jack.

  2. Keith Diggs says:

    puh-lease!! ORIGINAL??? It’s “ORIGINAL” if DANCES WITH WOLVES IN SPACE can be considered “original”! The ENTIRE PLOT was STOLEN from DWW wholecloth! Well, that and Pocahontas! It’s about as “ORIGINAL” as all you IDIOTS slobbering over the “Blacklist”, which must be A SATANIC work since that’s the only thing that would explain your INABILITY to connect this POS to “THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS”!

  3. Frank W says:

    …and you all will say Gravity was a rip off of a sci-fi story on the radio in the 50s….oh, I think I just did say it.

    Doesn’t matter if he ripped it off or not. If people didn’t like what he did, he’d be poor, right?

  4. Random Johnsons says:

    Cameron did much better on Growing Pains… Now he makes Avaturd films and The Germnator, and thinks he’s one Cool Moe D!

  5. Psac says:

    Even simpler than that — he ripped off the Disn

  6. xweaponx says:

    Of course avatbarf was stolen, it was originally Call Him Joe by Poul Anderson, who conveniently died right before production started.

    Just like he stole Harlan Ellisons work for Terminator.

    Cameron himself is a cheap ripoff artist with a get rich quick scheme- steal Hugo award winning stories.

  7. Stuart Truman says:

    James cameron as never made a good film all his plots are sloppy and ripped off why he as such standing is beyond me

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