A well-known WWE wrestler, Booker T. Huffman, has decided to open up a lawsuit against Activision, claiming that the company infringed on the copyright of his “G.I. Bro comic book hero in creating one of their characters in their latest game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been out on the gaming field for over four months now. The online-multiplayer first-person shooter hailed the release of Blackout, Activision’s attempt to make it into the battle royale market. It is the first in the CoD series to not feature a single player campaign but does have a rather fun Zombie mode as well as the usual multiplayer mode filled with specialist character such as the one in question, Prophet.
The lawsuit came to light yesterday with a post from Potts Law Firm, who represent Booker T. Huffman, as the WWE wrestler is claiming that the game has stolen Prophet’s likeliness from his own G.I. Bro comic character. A statement from Micah Dortch, Mr. Huffman’s representative for the case, said the following,
When seen side-by-side there can be no question that this character was copied from G.I. Bro. From the hair, body type and clothing, right down to facial expressions, the similarities are too profound to be an accident.”
Mr. Dortch went on to state that the time and creative wealth put into the character by Mr. Huffman should not be overlooked by a gaming “juggernaut”, referring to Activision of course.
This lawsuit comes on the back of Fortnite also receiving a large amount of copyright infringement lawsuits for their dances. We will continue to track this case and see what comes of it in the near future. For now, let us know in the comments section how you feel about this and other copyright lawsuits going on? Are they valid or is this just some attempt to make a ‘quick buck’?