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Roger Dean v. James Cameron; the Avatar Litigation Roundup

If you have been watching the news, or following this blog, you may know that there was a U.S. Federal Court case between Roger Dean (the cover artist for Yes, Asia, and other bands) 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.  I have posted extensively on the subject as I am a rabid Yes and Roger Dean fan.

As I posted a while back, the case has now come to a close.  Now that the matter is over, I thought it would be helpful to collate all of my posts on the subject so you can see the progression of the case.  Unfortunately, Roger Dean did not come out on the winning end of the case and, hopefully, the posts below can sufficiently explain what happened and why the case wound up the way it did.

Here you go:

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2 thoughts on “Roger Dean v. James Cameron; the Avatar Litigation Roundup

  1. Found the podcast, ‘Two ways…’ interesting, a bit reductionist though. Any piece of artwork is not simply conceptual, and it has to be viewed and assessed as a whole. The issue here is not simply the crude resemblance between discrete elements, but just as an expert can recognise the work of a painter from the brushstroke, so most people can recognise the ‘language’ of a painter they are familiar with. This language is not only the choice of palette and subject matter, but also the approach and design. For example, landscape painting in itself is not a unique subject (concept) but there is a difference in approach between the landscapes of Turner and maybe the painters of the Hudson River School. What makes each painting unique includes approach and technique. It is in the artists uniqueness of view, and the effectiveness of its expression that is where the difference between an uninspiring work and one that can remain in the memory for a lifetime.
    I find the way in which aesthetic analysis is applied by those who attempt to boil down an image to its most base constituents,inevitably ignores the essential value of the work as a whole. Generally an artwork is supported by the artists ethos, technique and approach, all of which contribute to creating work with a unique identity, that very occasionally resonates with many others in our community.

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