Yes and Asia Cover Artist Sues Over Avatar Movie

(Classic Rock) Iconic Yes and Asia cover artist Roger Dean has filed a lawsuit against movie director James Cameron over 2009 movie Avatar. Dean claims visualization of Pandora, the world on which the film is set, was based heavily on his artwork.

He's demanded $50m in damages and he also wants Twentieth Century Fox to ensure Avatar is never seen again in its current form. In papers lodged at New York District Court last week, and revealed by Deadline, Dean's representatives argue that floating islands and stone arches as seen in the movie bear so much resemblance to his creations that it amounts to breach of copyright.

The document says: "Plaintiff has been a well-known and successful artist and designer for more than 45 years. Plaintiff is recognised internationally for architectural concepts, stage, furniture and logo design but particularly for his paintings of unique and original landscapes that feature geological forms not otherwise occurring in art or nature."

Dean cites three books Views from 1975, Magnetic Storm from 1984 and Dragon's Dream from 2008 as evidence his work existed before Cameron made Avatar. more on this story

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