The thing is, if Sony refuses to settle out of court, it would be really easy to see a judge grant a preliminary injunction on the movie being released. This isn't unheard of, and White Wolf IS seeking exactly such an injunction. I should have specified better what I meant when I said that I don't think a judge could fail to award this case to White Wolf. (I meant the injunction)
Whether or not they'd REALLY be awarded copyright infringement etc is probably a matter for a jury to determine in the actual court case.
The thing is, if Sony had just grabbed a thesaurus and changed a few words, there would have been no case, but it's practically a word for word ripoff. I see a lot of people on the net going "Fuck you White Wolf" / whiny bastards / I hope you croak etc, but it's a very simple fact that they HAVE to respond to something like this. And this is not a lawsuit on Vampires and Werewolves, but it is in the specific things that happen in the World of Darkness, relations, terms etc. Nowhere is White Wolf saying "well, we invented Vampires."
The fact that it's a 50+million dollar movie doesn't mean anything. If it's copyright infringement it's copyright infringement, and I think that injunction is a sure bet waiting to happen...
Yeah I know the edit button is actually working again, but there are times when I click on it, and all I get is a blue screen with the Bluesnews details on it, exactly like at the bottom of the post comment page. It's like the website forgets to actually give me the box to edit stuff in. It happens pretty randomly, but this was one of those cases, hence my annoyance at it.