This is what would seem to be my final update regarding the legal matter between Yes cover artist Roger Dean against filmmaker James Cameron regarding the alleged misappropriated use Dean’s artwork in Cameron’s movie Avatar. You can see all of my posts on this subject here, the court filings on this matter here, a series of side-by-side photographs of Dean’s artwork and the movie here, the final Court judgment here, and a great podcast explaining the Court’s legal decision here.
Well, as I reported on September 19, 2014, the Court, unfortunately for Roger Dean and his fans, ruled against him and in favor of James Cameron ruling, in essence, that Cameron did not misappropriate Dean’s images in the movie Avatar. Dean had the opportunity to appeal the Court’s decision within a specific time as laid out by the Rules of Civil Procedure. I looked at the Court docket this morning to check on the status of the case and whether Dean took an appeal of the adverse ruling noted above. As it turns out, on September 30, 2014, a Stipulation and Order was filed wherein Dean waived his right to an appeal and pursuit of any damages or claims against Cameron regarding the issues raised in his complaint against Cameron and/or the movie Avatar in exchange for Cameron not pursuing repayment of his attorneys’ fees from Dean. This Stipulation and Order serves to conclude the case in its entirety. The case of Dean v. Cameron is officially over.
You can read the Stipulation and Order here: dean stipulation and order.10-20-14