Author Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against James Cameron's Avatar
Miami author Cynthia Joyce Clay has filed suit against James Cameron for copyright
infringement of her sf book Zollocco: A Novel of Another Universe: Clay vs Cameron et al
10-22203 US District Court Southern Florida. Clay claims direct line lifts and character names
from Zollocco appear in Avatar.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 8, 2010 -- Miami author Cynthia Joyce Clay has engaged local attorney William Pena
Wells to litigate her claims that Cameron's motion picture Avatar is substantially drawn from Clay's novel,
Zollocco: A Novel of Another Universe. According to Wells, behind the scenes negotiations with James
Camerson stalled, requiring Clay to engage Attorney Wells to litigate her case, file: Clay vs Cameron et al
10-22203 US District Court Southern Florida.
In 1990, Clay sent her sf novel, Zollocco, to a Hollywood agent who sent Zollocco out to publishers. Clay says,
"Zollocco was garnering great reviews and literary plaudits while Cameron was still in preliminary stages of
working on Avatar."
Zollocco is set on a planet which is ruled by sentient forests and where all living things are able to communicate
with the forests. The protagonist, a young woman, is stolen from a dying earth by an interplanetary corporation of
another universe. She escapes the corporation in a space module and lands in a forest named Zollocco. Zollocco
has plants that bloom iridescently at night; moss that reacts to her foot steps; and trees that extend their branches
for her to drink the dew water they have collected. The protagonist learns to communicate with the forests, but she
is hounded by the corporation which opposes the forests' rule. She escapes the corporation again, riding a pink
pterodactyl. These details are some of the many striking similarities between Avatar and the earlier work by Clay,
Zollocco. "There are many similarities in scenes, structure, and even names, that made people who saw Avatar
comment to me on how similar it is to my book,