According to Variety, a federal judge has spurned claims that Sony's God of War videogame infringes on a set of works from screenwriters Jonathan Bissoon-Dath and Jennifer B. Dath.
U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel issued her ruling on Tuesday. She wrote that any similarities between the screenplays were "cliched and unprotected elements."
"No reasonable trier of fact could conclude that God of War is substantially similar to any of plaintiff's works," Patel wrote.
The screenwriters had initially filed suit against Sony Computer Entertainment and David Jaffe who was the lead designer of the God of War videogame. The five treatments and screenplays they wrote feature a Spartan attack on Athens, while God of War also had the same ancient Greece setting.
Jonathan Bissoon-Dath and Jennifer B. Dath argued that various scenes and dialogue were similar or in some cases identical. Patel stated that these instances are "stock elements that have been used in literary and artistic works for years, if not millennia." She also wrote that they "pointed to no persuasive similarity in dialogue or narration that would suggest actual copying."
The God of War videogame came was released by Sony in 2005 for PlayStation2.