Screenwriters Claim Sony Copied Their Plot For A Video Game

from the judge-explains-basics-of-copyright-law dept

The entitlement some people feel because someone else had a somewhat (but not really) similar idea to what they had, and then actually executed on it better, is really astounding. For years, we’ve seen people claim that various filmmakers, TV producers and authors had “stolen” their ideas and sued over it. These lawsuits almost never get anywhere. In almost every case, the similarities between the stories are marginal at best, and clearly were developed independently. It’s just that the creator of the less-well-known work is jealous of the success of whoever came up with a better version that got a lot more attention.

Apparently, those kinds of lawsuits are now moving to video games as well — as two screenplay authors tried to claim that Sony copied their screenplay for its game, God of War. Of course, both the video game and the screenplay are apparently based on ancient Greek mythology, which, you know, are sorta in the public domain by now, and the general concepts are rather pervasive in an awful lot of modern storytelling.

No matter. The screenwriters insisted that the gamemakers must have seen their screenplay. Thankfully, the judge is having none of it:

“No one can own the basic idea for a story. General plot ideas are not protected by copyright law; they remain forever the common property of artistic mankind.”

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aguywhoneedstenbucks (profile) says:

Public Domain

apparently based on ancient Greek mythology, which, you know, are sorta in the public domain by now

Doubtful. Greek mythology only goes back a few thousand years. That’s much less than forever minus one day. Plus, the mythology was given by the gods in many cases, and since gods are immortal, it’s not even life plus 70 years yet. If the writers of the screenplay licensed the IP from Zeus then they would have a good case here.

Chronno S. Trigger (profile) says:

Re: Public Domain

But Greek gods can die, that’s how Zeus got to where he is. Since he hasn’t shown himself for a vary, vary long time, I’m sure he’s presumed dead legally.

I want to see the movie that these people claim that GOW ripped off. Is it anything like it, with all the blood and sex?

Hay, GOWIII comes out next week, coincidence?


and when i cant shit cause you own the toilet paper

then what cause the toilet, the paper and the act and method of shitting will be patented and copyrighted and ill need about 20 coins to put in some machine to do it and they WILL have cameras to watch and make sure i pay.

fraking lawyers and there actor lobby idiots and the entire SO CALLED industry is insane

Ronald J Riley (profile) says:

Sony, Style Without Substance

What happened to the Sony which used to produce quality products and supply good service? Today they produce pretty junk, have crappy service.

It seems that all companies sooner or later fall from grace.

Look at IBM, a ghost of their former self.

HP which started as an inventor of significant things who morphed to be better at Dell’s business model then Dell.

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