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Archaeologist Suing Makers of Indiana Jones, Claiming Their Crystal Skull is Too Accurate
IO9 ^ | Dec 9, 2012 | Lauren Davis

Posted on 12/10/2012 7:12:58 PM PST by DogByte6RER

The Crystal Skull Pictures, Images and Photos

Archaeologist suing makers of Indiana Jones, claiming their Crystal Skull is too accurate

Can a fantastical movie be too historically accurate? Dr. Jaime Awe, director of the Institute of Archeology of Belize, has filed suit against Lucasfilm and Paramount Pictures claiming that the prop skull from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull bears a striking resemblance to one of the "real" Crystal Skulls originally discovered in Belize. So why is that a problem? Well, according to Awe, the skull was stolen, and the filmmakers are profitting off of ill-gotten goods.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Awe's suit and its history. In the complaint he filed with the US District Court in Illinois, Awe explains the history of the so-called "Mitchell-Hedges Skull." The Mitchell-Hedges Skull was allegedly discovered in 1924 by Anna Le Guillon Mitchell-Hedges, adopted daughter of the adventurer F.A. Mitchell-Hedges. The Mitchell-Hedges removed the skull from Belize in 1930, in violation of laws that were already in place forbidding the removal of artifacts and antiquities from Belize. (Edit: Commenters MissRaye and ryanwkirkmanryanwkirkman note that many archaeologists believe the Mitchell-Hedges Skull to be a hoax; you can read our piece about Crystal Skulls, including the Mitchell-Hedges Skull and other skulls found to be of modern origin.)

Awe claims that the Crystal Skull from the film bears a striking resemblance to the Mitchell-Hedges Skull (though as some folks are noting in the comments, those resemblances seem to be that they are both transparent are somewhat skull-shaped; the movie skull is less human) and thus must have been based on its likeness. Awe goes on to allege that Lucasfilm never approached Belize for permission to use the skull's likeness, although Awe claims that "Belize has a right, title and interest in and to the Mitchell-Hedges Skull." Awe is suing the Mitchell-Hedges estates as well as Bill Homann, the late Anna's husband and current custodian of the skull, for the return of the skull, and is suing Lucasfilm (and Disney as the parent company) and Paramount for tortious interference with prospective economic benefit and civil conspiracy.

I've only glanced through the complaint, and I'm not familiar with international laws regarding relics. But I don't see anything in the complaint that explains under what statute or common law provision Lucasfilm et al. are violating by using the skull's likeness, even on the off chance that the skull does turn out to be a genuine artifact rather than a more modern creation. This may be more of an attempt to bring attention to Belize's troubles with illegally removed artifacts or to draw attention to Belize as a home to archaeological artifacts. (Edit: Or perhaps he's looking to resolve the question of whether the skull is a hoax.)


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: archaeology; artifact; belize; copyright; crysalskull; crystalskull; disnsy; hollywood; indianajones; lawsuit; lucasfilm

Suck it up and pay out Lucas and Spielberg.

As rich white Hollywood liberals, you always like to rail against evil corporations profitting off of the third world. Then, you make yourselves feel smug by campaigning and supporting the likes of Barack Obama.

It's time for you to walk the walk.

As Obama's preacher of hate would say ... "The chickens have come home to roost."

Suck it up and take your lashings.

1 posted on 12/10/2012 7:13:12 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: All

Reference link re: the lawsuit ...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/115921751/Skull


2 posted on 12/10/2012 7:14:34 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

“You know the more I think about it ol Billy was right....”


3 posted on 12/10/2012 7:16:27 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: DogByte6RER

Never mind Lucas and Spielberg
Disney has DEEP pockets


4 posted on 12/10/2012 7:18:45 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I visited a museum in Mannheim Germany about a year ago and saw a display on skulls from around the world. There were several crystal skulls that were identified as relatively modern in origin. The information providedindicated that none of the 12-13 crystal skulls discovered around the world were ancient.


5 posted on 12/10/2012 7:20:50 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wrong lawsuit..I thought they were going to sue Lucas and Spielberg for that crappy movie.


6 posted on 12/10/2012 7:21:08 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: DogByte6RER

7 posted on 12/10/2012 7:21:53 PM PST by EEGator
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To: max americana

Yeah ... it was that one that began as an Indiana Jones movie then turned into a Close Encounters movie. It sucked.


8 posted on 12/10/2012 7:24:39 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: EEGator

Great episode.

Dr. Jones ends up having a Close Encounter of the weird kind with Lucas and Spielberg.


9 posted on 12/10/2012 7:25:58 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

By the time the suit is settled; all Americans will be broke and Lucas and Spielberg will pay the suit with goats and chickens. If they pay at all.


10 posted on 12/10/2012 7:28:54 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: DogByte6RER

Between this movie with aliens and Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace, they really screwed up.


11 posted on 12/10/2012 7:30:08 PM PST by EEGator
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To: DogByte6RER

Given the claims surrounding those skulls, the copyrights, if any, expired centuries ago.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 7:30:24 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: max americana
A dreadful motion picture.

It had one good line...

13 posted on 12/10/2012 7:31:00 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yup. It was total bull sh*t. From The Last Crusade to this piece of excrement. It was so bad, I remembered throwing that disc out of the collection and called it the “trilogy”.


14 posted on 12/10/2012 7:32:28 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: DogByte6RER
A dreadfuL motion picture.

It had one good visual....

15 posted on 12/10/2012 7:32:33 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Ok, I’ll give it props for that line..and that the commies were the enemy. But the UFO nonsense, gawd..


16 posted on 12/10/2012 7:34:20 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: DogByte6RER

So, somebody finds something that was like a thousand years old and then somebody makes an almost likeness of it and gets sued? Please explain the copy write laws to me again.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 7:35:31 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Crystal Skulls - Translucent Skull - Cold Cast Resin - 5" Height

Buy new: $34.95

3 used & new from $34.94

Amazon.com

18 posted on 12/10/2012 7:39:28 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: DogByte6RER
I always liked the one from House II better:


19 posted on 12/10/2012 7:44:22 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Gold Diggers .....


20 posted on 12/10/2012 8:06:53 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: DogByte6RER

Jar Jar binks
Scoobi Doo adding Scrappy-Doo
India Jones vs Aliens
Mummy 3

Like a new wave band embracing guitars & R&B back up singers, it seems everyone forgets that people like things for a reason and changing the formula is stupid.


21 posted on 12/10/2012 8:39:54 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: DogByte6RER
Awe claims that the Crystal Skull from the film bears a striking resemblance to the Mitchell-Hedges Skull (though as some folks are noting in the comments, those resemblances seem to be that they are both transparent are somewhat skull-shaped; the movie skull is less human) and thus must have been based on its likeness. Awe goes on to allege that Lucasfilm never approached Belize for permission to use the skull's likeness, although Awe claims that "Belize has a right, title and interest in and to the Mitchell-Hedges Skull." Awe is suing the Mitchell-Hedges estates as well as Bill Homann, the late Anna's husband and current custodian of the skull, for the return of the skull, and is suing Lucasfilm (and Disney as the parent company) and Paramount for tortious interference with prospective economic benefit and civil conspiracy.

Dan Ackroyd must be shaking in his boots right now!


22 posted on 12/10/2012 8:59:21 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: rockrr

Your image?


23 posted on 12/10/2012 9:00:56 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ah, yes, but we need a real life replay of ‘Air Force One’, with out Harrison Ford to save the day...NOW!


24 posted on 12/10/2012 9:04:19 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea
They must not like hot-linking.

Try this...


25 posted on 12/10/2012 9:49:10 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Man-o-man .. there’s NOTHING lower than a doggone “crystal skull plagarizer”!!! :O


26 posted on 12/10/2012 10:18:05 PM PST by The Duke
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To: rockrr
They must not like hot-linking.

Has anyone written a browser plug in to fake the image request source? So the server at tripod.com thinks I'm looking at the image from a tripod page instead of freerepublic.com?

27 posted on 12/10/2012 10:40:04 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: muawiyah
Given the claims surrounding those skulls, the copyrights, if any, expired centuries ago.

Unless they have big mouse ears. In that case Disney claims perpetual copyrights (or at least until they stop paying Congressmen to extent the term every ten years).

28 posted on 12/10/2012 10:42:51 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Vaquero
"...Disney has DEEP pockets"

Yeah... I heard one has a hole in it... old Walt prolly had stink-finger.

8^D

29 posted on 12/11/2012 2:39:44 AM PST by Gargantua ("Barbie O'Bunga ~ America's First Fly-Strewn, Maggot-Gagging Fag President")
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To: BenLurkin
A dreadful motion picture.

but...but, it had a lead lined refrigerator and magnetic gunpowder?

yeah it could have been good, some of it was.... but there was a certain suck factor to it that kept rearing its ugly head...

30 posted on 12/11/2012 3:33:59 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Some academic loser looking for a big payday.

Get a life.


31 posted on 12/11/2012 10:06:22 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Vaquero

“magnetic gunpowder”

Wazzup with that? None of my IMR powders are magnetic.


32 posted on 12/11/2012 1:30:40 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic
“magnetic gunpowder”

Wazzup with that? None of my IMR powders are magnetic.

when I picked up the Blu-ray I sat down to watch it with my 3 boys....now they are all in their 20s but know than Spielberg about the contents of smokeless and black powder. This NY boy and his kids know better as we have many cans and a few 8 lb kegs of various IMR, Winchester and Hercules powder in the reloading room.

we all laughed at the lead lined refrigerator ploy. whether or not it was suppose to be a joke or a plot device...it got a laugh.

33 posted on 12/12/2012 3:53:13 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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