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Archaeologist sues over Indiana Jones

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

Dr. Jaime Awe claims the skull was stolen from Belize 88 years ago, and that filmmakers had no right to use a model of it in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In a lawsuit filed in Illinois this week, Awe is demanding the return of the Crystal Skull, which he says is a national treasure, from a treasure-hunting family who allegedly stole it, said the industry journal Friday.

But the legal action also targets Lucasfilm, its new owner the Walt Disney and Paramount Pictures which released the film by Steven Spielberg, for allegedly using a replica "likeness" of the skull.


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

Little slow on the uptake ,isn't he ?

And the Mitchell hedges skull ? And only after Disney buys Lucasfilms ?

Yah ok .....

Edited by Simbi Laveau, 08 December 2012 - 11:07 PM.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:07 AM

The defense lawyer can just say the skull is modeled from the skull on display in London.


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:19 PM

so you cannot use the likeness of a skull ? Art classes will never be the same....

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:53 PM

It's so bull****. We witness the "likeness" all the time in daily life, like the spoons you use, the clothes you wear

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

Aren't the skulls, like, public domain or whatever that term in Law is?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:24 PM

Does he really think he'll win a case like this? Because if he does, I think he should get checked out, because he's about to lose a lot of money trying. The "likeness" of an object, which no one person can patent. Were does all this petty stupidness end?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:35 PM

If you google the real skull, you'll see it bears little resemblance to the movie skull.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

Some people.. :no: I wonder how he possibly thinks he could win.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

I think what he's truly concerned about is the fact it was stolen, and I wouldn't put it past Hollywood to do something so dirty.

Atleast I hope thats the main problem.

Edit: Goddamned typo's.

Edited by Insaniac, 09 December 2012 - 07:13 PM.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 08 December 2012 - 11:03 PM, said:

Little slow on the uptake ,isn't he ?

And the Mitchell hedges skull ? And only after Disney buys Lucasfilms ?

Yah ok .....


And even if the law in Belize is radically different, he doesn't have a legal leg to stand on. First, all but the M-H skull have been proven to be modern fakes and that only because no-one's been allowed to examine it. (which might be his ulterior motive come to think of it) That kills all of his intellectual property claims outright.
Second ,even if it didn't , he would still have to prove that the artifacts are genuine and that they were removed from the country illegally.
Third, I have never heard of intellectual property rights being imposed on an ancient artifact. I can walk into almost any museum in almost any country in the world and take a photograph except where specifically prohibited and publish that photo freely. Fourth, even if all that didn't apply, the Indiana Jones skull is only influenced by the other skulls. It differs radically and is therefor considered a derivative work, exempt from copyright and immune to trademark infringement as no trademark has been established let alone enforced.

They should fine this jackass for filing a frivolous lawsuit and wasting the court's time and the taxpayer's money..

Edit to add, I'd be willing to bet statute of limitations has expired on this too if it applies.

To add also, the specific IJ skull design is actually copyrighted to lucasfilm, etc., but it doesn't fall under any prior copyrights, and they didn't even invent the idea of alien crystal skulls.

Edited by Oniomancer, 09 December 2012 - 08:41 PM.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

This is so dumb its funny.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

That was a fictional movie, for God's sake.

Who cares what "likeness" was used for the skull?
Dang lawyers anyway.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:14 PM

Wow does that mean I will get sued for making a mug in art class. :w00t:

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:14 PM

just another scummy scam artist looking for money. sue this one, sue that one, sue everyone and maybe you'll get rich enough to pay the lawyers.

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