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William Roger Dean v. James Cameron, et al.

Obtained dismissal of a copyright infringement case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, James Cameron, Lightstorm Entertainment and other defendants, brought by Roger Dean, a well-known British artist, alleging that the film Avatar infringed plaintiff’s pre-existing artwork. The court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding no substantial similarity existed between the film and copyrightable elements of plaintiff’s artwork.