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James Cameron Sued over 'Terminator' Character

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Aug 16, 2005 | 8:23am EDT

Director James Cameron is to be sued by an Australian couple over allegedly stealing their idea and using it to create 1991 blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Filia and Constantinos Kourtis insist they created the character of a shape-shifting creature for their own film The Minotaur in 1987, and that film-maker Cameron promptly pinched the idea for the Terminator sequel after seeing their production.

The pair's attempt to file suit against Cameron was initially snubbed by a Los Angeles district court as their screenwriter William Green had previously lost the same case.

However, a three-judge federal appeals court has ruled that the moviemaking Antipodeans are "free to pursue their copyright infringement claim... because they were neither parties to the Green case nor in privity with a party".

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