|Coelacanth||29 Jun 2013 9:26 a.m. PST|
Artist Roger Dean has sued James Cameron, alleging that the designs used in Avatar infringe upon his copyrights:
Roger Dean, Floating Islands, no date
The story on the Bleeding Cool blog:
|45thdiv ||29 Jun 2013 9:50 a.m. PST|
I hope they toss that out of court. There have been many stories and paintings of floating islands.
|Space Monkey||29 Jun 2013 10:24 a.m. PST|
I love Roger Dean's art (and generally dislike Cameron) but I think this is silly.
Rodney Matthews has a better gripe against Blizzard for the look of the 'Outlands' in World of Warcraft
which also has floating islands.
|Streitax ||29 Jun 2013 11:54 a.m. PST|
How many ways can you draw a floating island?
|DesertScrb||29 Jun 2013 1:16 p.m. PST|
Now I have the urge to listen to Yes.
|Henrix ||29 Jun 2013 2:16 p.m. PST|
In all fairness, when I saw Avatar one of the things I loved was the homage to Roger Dean.
But that doesn't mean I think this is a good move.
| Pictors Studio ||29 Jun 2013 3:43 p.m. PST|
Floating islands were also in some of the Dragon Lance art and the concept is certainly not new.
I took a class a few years back where we looked at how the "island" identity that the English created for themselves came about and one of the lessons was on floating islands which have been around since the 1600s at least.
| 20thmaine ||29 Jun 2013 3:45 p.m. PST|
Was it an acknowledged "homage" ? If so I'd have thought that was a risky thing to do :
Cameron : I'm paying you a compliment, it's an homage !
Dean : It's copyright, so pay me money.
|kallman||30 Jun 2013 5:46 a.m. PST|
Love Roger Dean's art, I think Avatar is a good movie, and that Cameron is a solid director; and with that stated Dean's suit will not hold water. As already mentioned it is a common enough concept in fantasy fiction and imagery as well as science fiction to have floating islands or even land masses.
|freewargamesrules||30 Jun 2013 9:03 a.m. PST|
When I saw Avatar I did think they had ripped off Deans ideas. Can't see him winning in a US Court though as they always protect their own (see Apple and Microsoft cases).
| Saginaw ||30 Jun 2013 6:14 p.m. PST|
The had floating islands (well, "kingdoms", actually) in the 1980 cult sci-fi film 'Flash Gordon', too.
|SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER ||01 Jul 2013 12:06 p.m. PST|
For God's sake, they had a floating island in Rocky and Bullwinkle!
|Joes Shop ||04 Aug 2013 5:08 a.m. PST|
J. P. Kelly