Chinese novelist sued "Avatar" for cribbing

15:56, March 05, 2010      

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Zhou Shaomou, a Chinese science fiction writer, prosecuted James Cameron' "Avatar" for cribbing one of his novels to Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on Mar. 5, and asked for a compensation of 1 billion yuan.

According to Zhou, nearly 80% of "Avatar", including stories, environment and roles' relationships, are similar with his saga novel of "The Legend of Blue Raven", which was finished in 1997 and published on Sina, NetEase and other websites since the year of 2000.

While, some netizens remained dubious about his saying, and some netizens even criticized him for hyping; also, there were some people thought it is normal that parts of two works have resemblance.

A Guangdong lawyer, Liu Yanyu, said to judge it is a cribbing case or not should be based on the similarity of both structures and details of two works, and "it is understandable that two stories have similar structures."

The court may also consider about places and time sequencing to judge whether the possibility of cribbing exist or not, Liu added.

Resemblance between two stories

On content:

"The Legend of Blue Raven" tells a story about clone humans cultivated by human beings to conquer extrasolar stars. The clone humans are cultivated in greenhouses and controlled by human beings through brain neurone.

"Avatar" tells a story of clone humans cultivated by human beings entered into Pandora Star, an extrasolar star. The clone humans are cultivated in greenhouses and controlled by human beings through brain neurone.

On aliens and environment

According to chapter 289 of the "Blue Raven", the local aliens have sky-blue skin, yellow hair, black eyes, and can be figured out they are a kind of subhuman creature.

In "Avatar", the blue aliens live in a blue star and have hexagon faces and big plaits.

On some details of imagination

In Zhou's novel, a doctor hypnotizes clone humans and programmed their experiences, and the doctor asked clone humans to open their minds to release their whole memory.

"Avatar" has similar procedure in cloning and controlling. Before leaving, they hypnotize the astronaut and extract his brainwave.

By People's Daily Online/Guangzhou Daily
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