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James Cameron wins Avatar copyright case

This article is written by Ben Child from The Guardian (see the original source here). 

“Judge rules that Elijah Schkeiban’s screenplay for Bats and Butterflies was ‘not substantially similar’ to sci-fi blockbuster.

Had Elijah Schkeiban succeeded in his copyright case against James Cameron over the blockbuster film Avatar, he might just have been in line for a large payout. However, a US judge yesterday dashed the novelist and screenwriter’s hopes of securing a share of the film’s $2.7bn (£1.7bn) box-office gross by throwing out the case. Cameron’s lawyers had successfully argued that it is not possible to copyright such elements as a “weak hero” and a plot twist in which “the bad guys attack the good guys”, reports The Wrap blog.

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