Yes Album Cover Artist Says “No” to Cameron

Well-known progressive-rock album-cover artist Roger Dean, who has created some of the most memorable album covers of the 1970s and 1980s for bands such as Yes and Asia, has sued filmmaker James Cameron for $50 million. According to the complaint (which can be found on, which was filed in New York, Dean is making broad and far-reaching claims that Cameron had engaged in “willful and deliberate copying, dissemination, and exploitation of elements of the original images created by the Plaintiff and used, without a license, in the critically and highly lucrative motion picture Avatar.”

Dean’s suit contends that Cameron’s work includes many striking similarities, including “two Signature Landforms of Pandora (‘floating mountains’ and ‘stone arches’),” which are copied from Dean’s body of work. It appears Dean is seeking to make claims on future Avatar movies as well. For more on Dean’s lawsuit, visit

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