Is God of War a swipe of 2002 screenplay?

Rob Beschizza of BoingBoing writes:

"The legal issue will be decided by deep pockets and, conceivably, a jury. The moral issue is simpler to determine. Is there anything truly original in Bissoon-Dath's take on an otherwise well-trodden Olympic scenario, or are both properties derivative of other sources? Is it all just so much Clash of the Titans with glowy swords?"

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ToastyMcNibbles4068d ago

leave kratos alone!!!! leave him aloooone!!!!!

sinncross4067d ago

there's one thing i dont get about this..

why would sony pictures give material to sony playstation... the different subsidiaries of Sony don't work with one another like they're part of a family..

maybe i didnt read something correctly about this...

rdgneoz34067d ago

What I don't get, is that people think stories or games using mythology or history are original these days. That or the fact that the guy waited till the 3rd game is a short time away from coming out to actually claim Sony stole his idea. And some of the grounds for his complaint:
• A champion saves Athens from destruction by an invading Spartan army sent by Ares.

• The earthly conflict is mirrored on Mount Olympus as conflict between the gods.

• The champion is chosen by Zeus and Athena to embark on a quest distinguished by relentless hand-to-hand combat.

... dear god, those sound like such original ideas. And the hand to hand combat part, they were known for using spears and small swords, and "employed the phalanx in the classical style in a single line"...

AssassinHD4067d ago

Straight from the U.S. Copyright Office:

"Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section."

Greek mythology is in the public domain and Sony was well within their right to create God of War using that mythology. If I were Mr. Bissoon-Dath I would be concerned with LucasArts suing me for using the term "lightsaber" in my text.

derek4067d ago

Wonder how long they have been building this suit. They only filed for copyright in 2006,probably after some planning with their lawyers. My bet is that they hope Sony will settle with them, I hope they dont get a dime.

AssassinHD4067d ago

He registered his copyright within his 5 year window so it would be considered prima facie evidence in court. This will not help him though because in his copyrighted work he wrote that Zeus has glowing "lightsabers" coming out of his hands. Kratos is the one with "glowing weapons" that are not coming out of his hands so much as they are connected to him by chains. That is enough of a difference to distinguish God of War from the copyrighted work. You cannot copyright an idea after all.

shysun4067d ago

butbutbut he had Zeus in it and so did GOW1 and 2! Sony must payyyyyy!!! /sarcasm