A History of Plagiarism Claims Against James Cameron

James Cameron was recently sued yet again for Avatar, the latest in a long line of plagiarism accusations against the director stretching back to Terminator. But is Cameron a serial plagiarist, or just a popular target for copyright lawsuits? » 7/07/13 7:00am 7/07/13 7:00am

Prog rock fantasy artist Roger Dean suing James Cameron over Avatar

Did the floating mountains and otherworldly landscapes in James Cameron's Avatar remind you of artist Roger Dean's fantastical paintings? Dean certainly thinks there's more than a passing resemblance. He's suing the director and 20th Century Fox, claiming Cameron based Pandora on Dean's artwork. » 6/29/13 11:00am 6/29/13 11:00am

Did Disney steal this Alice in Wonderland image?

Certain corners of Tumblr and the Internet at large have erupted this week after artist Katie Woodger posted this image and explained that an image she created, featuring Lewis Carroll's heroine Alice, appeared on cosmetic bags being sold by Disney—and Disney never asked for her permission to use the image. So how does … » 4/14/13 7:00am 4/14/13 7:00am

Why it's so expensive to license the rights to a fictional character

Recently, two seemingly contradictory pieces of copyright law have popped up in the news. One is the case of Jonathan Coulton, whose arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was lifted by the producers of Glee. Another is the recent case of a car customizer who was barred from making Batmobiles by a District Court… » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

Judge rules that it's illegal to sell custom Batmobiles because the…

California resident Mark Towle runs car customizing shop Gotham Garage, which makes replicas of cars from TVs and movies. Naturally, Batmobiles were on the menu, at least until Warner Bros. smacked Towle with a lawsuit for violating its intellectual property. Now a U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lew judge has ruled… » 2/10/13 4:00pm 2/10/13 4:00pm

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards [UPDATED…

Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction's most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you're not reading a science fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service Ustream, the feed cut off — just as… » 9/03/12 10:25am 9/03/12 10:25am

Year Zero: A Pretty Great Book of Geek Humor About Music Piracy and…

Rob Reid started Rhapsody, a music service, back during the Napster era. So he obviously knows and cares a lot about electronic music, and the madness of the record industry. This comes through, often hilariously, in his new novel Year Zero, in which aliens discover they've been pirating so much of our music, they owe… » 7/10/12 3:22pm 7/10/12 3:22pm