In February 2019, professional wrestler Booker T. Huffman sued Activision, alleging that he was the character of Call of Duty David "Prophet" Wilkes is based on a character who appeared as in the early days of his fighter career, named GI Bro. The similarities are there, no doubt: they are both big, muscular men with dreadlocks, bandanas and hanging blinds, but a jury has ruled that they are not enough to constitute an offense.
Huffman's lawyer, Potts' law firm Micah Dortch, said in a 2019 blog post that "there is no doubt that this character was copied from GI Bro" when the two are seen side by side. "From hair, body type and clothing, to facial expressions, the resemblances are too deep to be an accident."
Activision argued that Huffman had not presented any evidence that Activision had access to the GI Bro cartel in question, but that it had suffered damages as a result of the alleged infringement. He also claimed that the "irrefutable testimony and evidence" provided by Huffman and the creators of GI Bro showed that the image in question is not in fact an original work in itself, but is "an unoriginal copy of The Rock from the neck down ".
"At most it is said that 'facial expression' or 'attitude' are unique," Activision said in a statement. movement. "But a facial expression cannot be protected by copyright or an 'attitude'."
The jury in the case agreed with Activision. He form of verdict, available through Reuters, sums it up with a simple "no" answer to its first central question: Did any of the defendants infringe the plaintiff's copyright on the GI Bro poster?
"We are pleased with the outcome. In short, calling this a frivolous case would be a massive understatement," Activision trial attorney E. Leon Carter of Carter Arnett said in a statement. of the three legal companies representing Activision in the matter. .
“Activision creates games with the utmost integrity and is extremely proud of everyone involved in the development and creative process of all of our games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, including the incredible talent like William Romeo who helped give life to our vision. Today, the jury has validated this process. "
And now, because it’s Friday, here’s a clip of GI Bro and Diamond Dallas Page putting Mike Awesome through a table at the May 2000 ambulance party.
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