Friday, March 5, 2010
Here’s an interesting piece of trivia. An unknown author is suing James Cameron. The author came up with a figure of 162 million dollars he wants for copyright infringement concerning the movie ‘Avatar’. Beijing’s Zhou Shaomou claims he couldn’t get a publishing contract and released his Sci-Fi novel in 1997 on-line where supposedly ten million people have read it. You can read what similarities he’s basing his suit on here: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/1020496/author-to-sue-james-cameron-over-avatar.
I doubt there’s any recourse after he put it out on-line but maybe he’s hoping Cameron will simply pay him something to go away. If Shaomou has a case I’d like to see him get paid but I’m even more interested in whether Cameron actually did base ‘Avatar’ on Shaomou’s novel. I’m thinking it’s more coincidental than anything. With Hollywood, they come out with so few original plots it can be difficult for anyone to not see something familiar in one of their movies. :)