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Kill Bill Films: Quentin Tarantino Sued for Plagiarism

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By Kamika Dunlap on March 11, 2010 10:15 AM

Four years after the action thriller Kill Bill films, Quentin Tarantino has been hit with a plagiarism lawsuit which alleges copyright infringement along with a host of other claims.

According to E!, the lawsuit was filed by Dannez Hunter in Los Angeles Superior Court. He claims director ripped off his concept for the film and he submitted a treatment to Miramax back in 1999. Hunter claims the parallels between his and Kill Bill were too similar and he had to take legal action.

In his plagiarism lawsuit, Hunter is suing for more than $1 million owed royalties to him for the Kill Bill films.

Plagiarism is the act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages there from, and passing the material off as one's own creation. To succeed, a lawsuit alleging such activity generally need to prove copyright infringement, or a violation of competition laws. 

The Hollywood director's new film Inglourious Basterds was up for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category.

Quentin Tarantino films are among many that have been slapped with lawsuits.

As previously discused, The Hurt Locker, which won Best Picture and a handful of other Oscars, is the midst of a lawsuit from a soldier who claims the film amounts to a theft of his life story.

Also, Director James Cameron is facing a lawsuit. According to the CBC/Radio-Canada Cameron's production company and 20th Century Fox are being sued over the mega-blockbuster Avatar.

Emil Malak claims are similarities between Avatar's story and characters and his Terra Incognita film idea, which he created back in 1996.

He has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against director.