jdavis said:You'd be suprised at how much of this stuff happens and gets caught before it becomes a mess. Just because every gamer saw the promo and thought White Wolf, I'm sure that most Sony executives didn't have a clue. You would have to go back to the actual screenplay writer to know for sure, as big as World of Darkness is in gaming it's just not all that big a deal in the general public, it's just that crazy game where people dress up like vampires. If they can produce a previously existing short story that is the same or very similar to the storyline of the movie then this isn't a frivolous lawsuit, being as the movie is not out yet it would be imposible for any of us to make that call yet.
As far as why it took them so long to sue, well how could they sue over "17 counts of copyright infringement" and "over 60 points of unique similarity" unless they had had time to review the film, if they have that many direct points then how could they get them unless they had reviewed the material, and how could they review the material before they knew it existed. Lets face it how would they have known if there was infringement before they were infringed upon? If they never saw the script before it was made then how would they know to check to see if it was a match for one of their old short stories? They probably saw the film preview like the rest of us and decided to look into it. Once again that's only speculation as we don't even know half the story here.
Nor is it completely beyond the realms of possibility that there is some accidental plagarism.
Two examples that come to mind: Beast from 20,000 Fathoms stole a scene from Ray Bradbury's The Lighthouse... then hired Ray Bradbury to write the script. (Ray Bradbury thought that the producer had him and the story linked together in his mind, but coudn't remember why...)
David Gerrold admits to accidently pilfering the idea of Tribbles from Hienlen's The Rolling Stones
On the other hand people familiar with Harlan Ellison may recall his suit over the show Future Cop, in which case the plagarism was deliberate, and substantiated in court...
Myself, I haven't seen the movie, it is possible that both the studio and White Wolf pilfered from the same sources....
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