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Coelacanth29 Jun 2013 10:26 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:



45thdiv29 Jun 2013 10:50 a.m. PST

I hope they toss that out of court. There have been many stories and paintings of floating islands.

Space Monkey Inactive Member29 Jun 2013 11:24 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 Inactive Member29 Jun 2013 12:54 p.m. PST

How many ways can you draw a floating island?

DesertScrb29 Jun 2013 2:16 p.m. PST

Now I have the urge to listen to Yes.

Henrix Inactive Member29 Jun 2013 3:16 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.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Jun 2013 4:43 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.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2013 4:45 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.

kallman30 Jun 2013 6:46 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 Inactive Member30 Jun 2013 10:03 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).

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2013 7:14 p.m. PST

The had floating islands (well, "kingdoms", actually) in the 1980 cult sci-fi film 'Flash Gordon', too.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member01 Jul 2013 1:06 p.m. PST

For God's sake, they had a floating island in Rocky and Bullwinkle!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2013 6:08 a.m. PST



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