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NBC's Heroes sued for ripping off comic series

In a Los Angeles federal court last Thursday, Jazan Wild (Jason Barnes) claims NBC's Heroes ripped off his 2005-2006 comic series "Carnival of Souls."

"The settings and the storylines are virtually the same," the complaint states. "The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts. This dark character seeks to make his carnival more powerful by recruiting new members with special abilities. The appearance of some of the characters is also virtually identical to those in the plaintiff's books. Even the dialogue is similar. Indeed, some of the scenes in Heroes appear as if plaintiff's books were used as storyboards by the defendants."

Barnes wants to stop NBC from being able to rebroadcasting the season and seeks $60 million for copyright infringement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition and unjust enrichment.