Sony, David Jaffe Sued Over God of War Copyright Infringement

GamePolitics is reporting that Sony Computer Entertainment America and designer David Jaffe have been named in a lawsuit over copyright infringement claims pertaining to God of War. Creators Jonathan Bissoon-Dath and Jennifer Barrette-Herzog allege that SCEA and Jaffe's work on the PlayStation 2 game has far too many similarities to both The Adventures of Own: Owen's Olympic Adventure and the screenplay Olympiad.

The full details of the complaint are available at GamePolitics, but the gist of the complaint is that while both God of War and Bissoon-Dath and Barrette-Herzog's are rooted in Greek mythology, seven pages worth of "suspicious" coincidences are provided.

The claimants note that their works were provided to Sony Pictures in 2002, three years before SCEA shipped God of War. Sony's response to the claims are available at the original report in boring legal PDF format. We greatly anticipate the salty Jaffe video response on the matter.

Sony, Designer David Jaffe Sued for Alleged God of War Copyright Infringement [GamePolitics]


    I've read the full complaint - well, not all the legal waffle, but I read all the supposed "similarities" between the two works. What a f--king JOKE. It bears a very strong resemblance to the totally baseless suit launched by totally unknown children's author Nancy Stouffer against J. K. Rowling. In that case as well the "similarities" were drawn from random bits of trivia cherry-picked from the text.

    The plaintiffs may get sonme money out of this, but only if Sony settles - if it goes to trial, the total lack of substance will be obvious.

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