Call Of Duty Legal Woes After Character Carbon Copy
Call Of Duty In Legal Battle For Prophet Character
He may be experienced at facing opponents in the ring but Robert Booker Tio Huffman, better known to wrestling fans as the five-time WCW champion, Booker T, is getting ready to step into a different type of squared circle for a new fight. One which the smackdown will be taking place in a court of law.
Following the findings of possible copyright infringements of his character known as G.I. Bro, Huffman has taken legal action against the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 publishers and their part in creating a character known as David ‘Prophet’ Wilkes who strikes a remarkable resemblance to Huffman’s comic book protagonist.
Although the character of Prophet was introduced in 2015’s Call of Duty Black Ops 3 as a high tech soldier (a cyborg of sorts) but was reintroduced in his human form which more closely resembles G.I. Bro in 2018’s Call of Duty Black Ops 4.
“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.”
Micah Dortch, Robert Booker Tio Huffman Attorney.
Being created in 2015, G.I. Bro, the lead character in the comic series G.I. Bro and the Dragon of Death have been one of Huffman’s most passionate projects since his retirement from wrestling, even going as far as cosplaying the character at various events and conventions over the past few years in order to bring attention to and promote the graphic novel.
Since its release, Call of Duty 4 has roughly amassed a billion dollars in sales which is an impressive feat but with the recent issues facing Blizzard and the rumoured possibilities of massive layoffs taking place within the company, who knows what type of disaster a losing verdict could cause for the company and any potential future it may still have had following the aforementioned layoffs.
As in most other scenarios similar to this one, it is likely that both parties will attempt to settle the matter out of court. Unless an agreement can be reached during this mediation, they will likely end up settling the suit in front of a judge.
The case is Booker T. Huffman v. Activision Publishing, Inc., Activision Blizzard, Inc., and Major League Gaming Corp. filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.