NBC’s Heroes Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Well now this takes some guts. New York artist Clifton Mallery and his wife Amnau Karam Eele have launched a lawsuit against NBC and the creators of Heroes, claiming that the show stole ideas that they developed in a short story, series of paintings and short film that they showcased between 2004 and 2005. They created a plotline involving a character who had the ability to paint the future, including two destroyed New York City landmarks — a power not unlike the one possessed by Isaac Mendez in Heroes.

Now normally I would say that this is just two people looking to cash in and get some free publicity… after all, there are probably a heck of a lot of other people who could say Heroes has “borrowed” their ideas as well. However, the interesting thing is that they claim that in April 2005, two writers from the show Crossing Jordan attended an exhibition of their work at Hunter College in New York City and spoke with them. Crossing Jordan also happens to be the show that Heroes creator Tim Kring previously worked on. The plot thickens! If they can prove this, they just might have a case. NBC has refused to comment thus far, but seems ready to fight the suit in court.

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  • JOANN VARA

    ABOUT THE NYC ARTISTS SUING NBC.
    GOOGLE ENJAI EELE OR AMNAU EELE AND READ THE STORY THAT THE NY DAILY NEWS RAN ON THESE TWO NYC ARTISTS AUGUST 5, 2004. IN SEVERAL INTERVIEWS TIM KRING CLAIMS THAT HE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF HEROES AND THE ARTIST THAT CAN PAINT THE FUTURE IN OCT-NOV 2005.
    I SAW THE TWINS ART EXHIBITION AND FILM SCREENING AT HUNTER COLLEGE APRIL 22, 2005 AND I LISTENED AS THEY TOLD THE AUDIENCE HOW THE TWINS ( AS THESE TWO ARTISTS ARE KNOWN ) HAD LEFT TEXAS BEFORE 9-11-01 WITH A PAINTING CALLED THE ATTA PAGE TO STOP 9-11-01 BEFORE IT HAPPENED. ( DOESN’T THIS SOUND LIKE THE ISAAC MENDEZ AND HIRO STOP THE NUCLEAR BLAST STORYLINE ? ).
    THE ATTA PAGE IS A LARGE PAINTING BASED ON THE FACT THAT THERE ARE 9 LETTERS IN THE WORD MANHATTAN AND 11 LETTERS IN THE NAME MOHAMED ATTA. THE NAME ATTA IS ALSO IN THE WORD manhATTAn.
    THE TWINS TOLD THE AUDIENCE ATTA WAS SENT TO DESTROY THE TWIN TOWERS BECAUSE WHENEVER WE LOOK AT THE WORD manhATTAn WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE NAME ATTA AND WHAT HE DID ON 9-11-01. I DON’T THINK TIM KRING IS INTELLIGENT ENOUGH OR TALENTED ENOUGH TO CREATE ART OR A STORYLINE ON THIS LEVEL.
    THINK ABOUT THIS: FROM ANY PAST COMIC BOOK, TV SHOW OR FILM ,NAME AN ACTOR THAT HAS EVER PLAYED AN ARTIST THAT CAN PAINT THE FUTURE ? THERE IS NONE. ISAAC MENDEZ IS THE FIRST.
    NOW SEARCH THE NYC ART WORLD AND THE WORLD ART MARKET FOR THE ARTIST THAT CAN PAINT THE FUTURE ? THERE ARE ONLY TWO AND THEY’RE CALL THE TWINS. WHERE IS THE ARTIST THAT SAW ATTA’S NAME IN manhATTAn ? DID YOU SEE IT ? UNTIL I SAW THE TWINS AT HUNTER COLLEGE I DIDN’T AND NEITHER DID ANYONE ELSE IN THE AUDIENCE.
    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TWINS DIVINATION ART WORK AND SEE THEIR FILM ” THE LETTER ” AS I DID AND THEN MAKE YOUR JUDGEMENT CALL IF THEFT IS INVOLVED IN THIS LAWSUIT. FROM WHAT I SAW OF THE TWINS AT HUNTER COLLEGE, THIS LAWSUIT IS GOING TO BLOW HOLLYWOOD AND THE WORLD AWAY!!!! THE TRUTH IS ABOUT TO COME OUT ABOUT TIM KRING.

  • http://fjetsam.com Jim Squires

    I’m not at all surprised by this. Ok – I’m surprised by the 9/11 claims – I just mean that I’m not surprised somebody finally had the balls to call Kring out on his thievery. Most of the show moves out of the “influenced by” realm into the world of “ripped off from.”

    Ever read Rising Stars? The whole Heroes concept seems to ave roots in this series, and one character is a complete rip off. Her power? She doesn’t have one – she’s completely meek and mild — but her second personality is a super powered sociopath.

    Tim Kring might have never read a comic book as he so often claims, but whoever is pitching him ideas certainly has.

  • JOANN VARA

    IN SEVERAL INTERVIEWS TIM KRING CLAIMS HE DIDN’T KNOW WHO MAGNETO WAS OF X-MEN. THINK ABOUT IT, TIM KRING IS A HOLLYWOOD WRITER WITH KIDS AND HE’S NEVER HEARD OF MAGNETO.

    IN THE TWINS FILM ” THE LETTER ” THEY SHOW HOW THEY USE NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS TO VALIDATE THEIR DIVINATION ART WORK. AND REMEMBER I SAW ” THE LETTER ” AT HUNTER COLLEGE APRIL 22, 2005. IT IS NOW 2007 AND ON HEROES ISAAC MENDEZ USES A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING TO VALIDATE HIS FAKE BUS PAINTING. AT HUNTER COLLEGE THE TWINS SHOWED A DIVINATION PAINTING THAT THEY WERE STILL WORKING ON CALLED ” THE BUS ” WHICH SHOWS A BUS BLOWING UP IN THE FUTURE IN TIMES TIMES SQUARE BECAUSE OF TERRORISM. THEY SHOWED A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING WITH THIS PAINTING, CALLED “THE FIRST VIEW”.
    THE TWINS TALKED ABOUT HOW A DIVINER GETS FOUR VIEWS TO A DIVINATION BEFORE IT COMES TRUE. THE FIRST VIEW IS THE FACE, THE SECOND IS THE NAME , THE THIRD IS THE DATE, AND THE FOURTH IS THE PLACE. THE FIFTH ELEMENT IS WHEN THE DIVINER COMPLETES THE PAINTING WITH A TIME. AT THIS POINT THE SOCIETY HAS A CHOICE OF BELIEVING THE DIVINATION PAINTING OR IGNORING IT.

    SHOULD THE DIVINATION COME TRUE AS THE DIVINER PREDICTED, THAN THE PAINTING BECOMES A
    ” MEMORY BOARD “. WHICH MEANS WHENEVER WE LOOK AT THIS MEMORY BOARD WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE DIVINATION CAME TO SOCIETY BEFORE IT HAPPENED, WE IGNORED IT, IT CAME TRUE AND MANY PEOPLE DIED BECAUSE SOCIETY IGNORED THE DIVINATION. WE ALSO REMEMBER THE DIVINERS THAT PAINTED ” THE MEMORY BOARD ” . THE MEMORY BOARD IS THEN DONATED TO A MUSEUM FOR THE SOCIETY TO COME OUT AND VIEW WHICH IS WHAT NEW YORKERS DID IN 2002 WHEN THE NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBITED THE TWINS, THEIR ART AND THEIR 9-11-01 DIVINATION UNDER CITY LORE CURATED BY SALLY HERSHIPS. THE TWINS EXHIBITION ALONG WITH MS. HERSHIPS CURATING IS NOW PART OF THE NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ARCHIVES. ALL THIS WAS PART OF THE TWINS PRESENTATION FOR THE STUDENTS AT HUNTER COLLEGE.THAT’S WHAT I SAW AND LEARNED AT HUNTER COLLEGE APRIL 22, 2005 AND I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS ON ANY TV SHOW, FILM OR COMIC BOOK.

    MEANWHILE IN 2007 TIM KRING IS PROMOTING A FAKE, STOLEN STORY OF A FAKE ARTIST PLAYED BY AN ACTOR THAT CAN PAINT THE FUTURE, AT COMIC BOOK CONVENTIONS.

  • Dave

    I’m not exactly sure I understand the point here. So what if they had heard of the twins and used that as a basis for his fictional character Issac Mendez… thats the basis of fiction. Hell, without it, Law and Order would be off the air in no time.

    As a fiction writer myself, I can see how hearing the story of the twins would inspire me in this instance… you’re writing a “comic book” type show about people with powers… what if the comic book predicted the actual exploits of the heroes themselves… EXCELLENT!

    Inspiration isn’t copyright infringement.

  • Joanna V

    I WONDER WHERE THESE CREEPY TWINS WILL FIND THE $100,000 IN LEGAL FEES THEY WERE MANDATED TO PAY TO NBC AFTER THEIR BOGUS LAWSUIT WAS THROWN OUT BY THE JUDGE.

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