Plagiarism suit against James Cameron for `Avatar` quashed

PTI| Updated: Jan 23, 2014, 13:32 PM IST

Los Angeles: Oscar-winning director James Cameron has emerged clean in a plagiarism suit filed for his epic science-fiction `Avatar`.

The suit, quashed by US district court Judge Roger Titus, was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court by sci-fi writer Byrant Moore in December 2011 and wherein the writer claimed that the `Titanic` helmer had used his screenplays and drawings to create `Avatar`, reported Variety.

The court during trial found there was no evidence to suggest that Cameron, 59, had access to Moore`s works or that Cameron used anything of Moore`s in creating the 2009 blockbuster.

It was the third such case to be dismissed in the past year with separate claims brought by Gerald Marowski and by Eric Ryder dismissed on the basis Cameron independently created `Avatar`.

"Sadly, a cottage industry has arisen of fortune hunting plaintiffs seeking to `strike it rich` by claiming their ideas were the basis for `Avatar`, said Cameron.
"As I have previously stated, `Avatar` was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades. Our film was also the product of a team of some of the world`s most creative artists and designers, and it is an insult to all of them when these specious claims are made," he added.

Cameron last month announced that he is filming his next three `Avatar` films in New Zealand.