Dec 4 2014

Protection of Game Publisher’s Copyright and Trademarks

On behalf of White Wolf, Inc. and Nancy A. Collins, Fellows LaBriola filed suit against Sony Pictures, Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment, alleging 17 counts of copyright infringement for the film Underworld.

White Wolf (now a part of CCP Games) is a roleplaying game and book publisher.  White Wolf published a line of award winning games set in the fictional World of Darkness®, a modern gothic world that that include vampires and werewolves.  White Wolf alleged that Underworld characters, theme and setting are based on White Wolf’s games Vampire: The Masquerade® and Werewolf: The Apocalypse™, both set in White Wolf’s World of Darkness.  Fellows LaBriola further alleged that Underworld’s script is based on Collins’ 1994 story Love of Monsters, published by White Wolf and also set in the World of Darkness.

Fellows LaBriola filed a detailed Complaint in US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, establishing over 60 points of unique similarity between Underworld and White Wolf’s work.  After White Wolf was granted an expedited hearing, the clients’ claims were resolved in a confidential monetary settlement for the original movie and sequels.