September 06, 2003
Oh the moonbats of the night...
...what sweet barks they make!
And then... On a related note, this arrived in the in-box of a Flea this morning:
Atlanta, GA, 5 September 2003-White Wolf, Inc. and Nancy A. Collins yesterday filed suit in US District court in Atlanta, Georgia against defendants Sony Pictures, Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment, 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 ApocalypseT, both set in White Wolf's fictional World of Darkness®. Further, Collins alleges that Underworld's script is based on her 1994 story Love of Monsters, published by White Wolf and also set in the World of Darkness.
Gaming Report repeats the story and includes details on Nancy Collins and White Wolf. Underworld looks gorgeous. But it also looks to me to be inspired by the works cited in the lawsuit. I am not sure where inspiration becomes imitation, however, as I think Anne Rice might have an interest in much of White Wolf's vampiric output.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 6, 2003 07:37 PM
Your knowledge of all things Chaos is astounding. I can't believe you know what White Wolf is.
Posted by: Chaos Overlord at September 7, 2003 04:52 PM
Such is the might of House and Clan Tremere.
Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at September 7, 2003 05:46 PM
So being "inspired" by Shakespeare is cool, because he's, y'know, public domain. But being "inspired" by a White Wolf novel is, well, uncool and actionable.
Didn't Dracula fight the Wolf Man sometime in the 30s or 40s?
Heck, there was a Ghostbusters cartoon episode (written by Joe Straczynski, no less) back in the 80s which had a town of vamps fighting a town of werewolves. Maybe Joe should sue White Wolf and Nancy Collins.
Sounds like settlement-trolling, to me.
Posted by: *** Dave at September 9, 2003 04:09 PM
Okay, here's the best comment I've seen in the matter:
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.
Posted by: *** Dave at September 9, 2003 10:07 PM
There's another book-- something like "one foot in the grave"-- where Vampires drinking Werwolf blood is forbidden, and makes strong-arse vamps.
Appologies so late.
Posted by: Sailorette at September 27, 2003 05:12 PM