By Jess Lomas
The copyright suit against James Cameron’s Avatar has been dismissed, with the judge ruling that the highest-grossing film of all time was an original idea, Deadline reports.
The lawsuit was filed against James Cameron and 20th Century Fox early in 2012 by writer Elijah Schkeiban, who claimed that the box office hit was based on his novel Bats and Butterflies and the subsequent adapted, yet unproduced, screenplay.
Judge Manuel Real declared the two stories to be “not substantially similar” and that Schkeiban’s Bats and Butterflies was “a children’s story with a simple protagonist. Avatar is a more complex story about a conflicted protagonist.”
It’s not surprising that people would seek to claim a multi-million dollar idea as their own and there is still at least one other Avatar copyright case in legal motion at the moment. The lawsuits are doing little to deter Cameron however, as he is soon to begin production on his back-to-back Avatar sequels.