… alleging 17 counts of copyright infringement for the film Underworld, set for release on September 19. White Wolf alleges that Underworld characters, theme and setting are based on White Wolf’s award winning games Vampire: The Masquerade? and Werewolf: The Apocalypse™, both set in White Wolf’s fictional World of Darkness?.
Plaintiffs claim over 60 points of unique similarity between Underworld and their work. “Ours is a huge fictional world, supported by over 200 volumes of fictional material,” asserts Mike Tinney, White Wolf’s President.
Well, yeah… I imagine that when you
rip of use material from EVERY VAMPIRE AND WEREWOLF TROPE ever introduced in any medium and mash it into 200 fucking books over the course of the last decade, most folks won’t be able to swing an undead cat without hitting something you’ve already ripped off for your own purposes.
One of the “copyright infringements” from the PDF copy of the legal claim:
‘In WoD, vampires sometimes call each other “Vee,” short for vampire. In Underworld, there is a vampire character named Vee.
One sweatshop writer working for movie studios wrote a ‘love story between a vamp and were’ that came off as being very much like a similar story idea written by a sweatshop writer working for a game company? I’m shocked.
Shocked, I tell you.