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COPYRIGHT CLOUD LOOMS FOR CAMERON

Artistic claims of "Titanic" director James Cameron could be a little sketchy.

In the movie, the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio shows a sketchbook full of charcoal drawings to the character portrayed by Kate Winslet. Cameron has said the drawings were his.

But according to New York magazine, three sketches strongly resemble famous photographs: "Rodney Plogger at 6:01" by Sally Mann, "Georgia O'Keeffe, Hands, 1920," by Alfred Stieglitz and " 'Bijou' of Montmartre" by Brassai. That raises the question of copyright infringement, according to the report, which said none of the artists or their estates granted permission for their work to be used before the movie's December release.

Brassai's widow is contemplating legal action, while Mann apparently reached an out-of-court settlement with Cameron just before filing a lawsuit, the magazine said in its June 1 issue.

Elizabeth Glassman, president of the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, which handles the rights to Stieglitz's work, said the group was consulting with attorneys on the matter.

Paramount, which released the movie, told the magazine: "There were some sketches in the film which were inspired by other works. All necessary arrangements were made to everyone's satisfaction. But the artists did not really want publicity on this, so they've asked for their names not to be disclosed."

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