5/14 Update on Roger Dean v. James Cameron
As most of my readers know, I am a huge Yes (the band) fan – you can find out more about Yes here – and, therefore, by definition a fan of Roger Dean (the painter/artist) as he designed their famous logo (see here for examples), painted most of their album covers (see here and here for examples), and designed their otherworldly live stage sets (see here for examples). You can learn more about Roger Dean here.
If you have been watching the news, or following this blog, there is a U.S. Federal Court case between Roger Dean and filmmaker James Cameron (famous for Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, and The Terminator). Roger Dean sued James Cameron claiming Cameron swiped Dean’s images and concepts for his record breaking blockbuster film Avatar. You can find my previous posts on this subject here and here. Those posts basically sum up the dispute in the case and show you some examples of Dean’s art compared to images from Avatar.
The case between Dean and Cameron began on June 27, 2013 in the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York, Case No.: 1:13-cv-04479-JMF by the filing of a Complaint. Roger Dean amended the Complaint on Septemnber 30, 2013. Dean sued the following people: James Cameron, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Dune Entertainment III, LLC, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lightstorm Entertainment, and Ingenious Film Partners 2, LLP. On September 11, 2013, Dune Entertainment III LLC and Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP were terminated from the case. On November 14, 2013, the remaining Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss Dean’s Amended Complaint and, in response to the Motion, responses and counter responses have been filed. The Motion to Dismiss remains outstanding as of this writing (May 8, 2014).
If you are interested in viewing the docket and reading the various pleadings and motions filed so far, you can view them below; I did not include them all (there are many entries on the docket). I only included the salient ones that have direct bearing on the claims made in the case.
I will keep you updated as information becomes available.
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On May 12, 2014 I discovered that this post was referred to by Henry Potts on his Yes news site which can be found here. My inclusion on Mr. Potts’ website is something of an accomplishment for my Yes fandom! Thanks Henry!