The Province newspaper reports that a Vancouver restaurateur is planning to sue James Cameron and others behind the movie Avatar, claiming it was copied from a work he wrote in 1997. Emil Malak alleges about 60% of the blockbuster's story is the same as the script for his tale, Terra Incognita. Malak says he'd tried unsuccessfully to shop the script around to a number of Hollywood studios, including Cameron's company, back in 2002.
I know one method the judge could use to tell right away whether or not these allegations are true: go see the movie, then read this guy's script. If Terra Incognita is actually a good story, then there's no way Cameron ripped it off for Avatar.