Activision has won a lawsuit filed against it by famed WWE wrestler, Booker T. Huffman, who claimed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 character, Prophet, was modeled after a portryal of Huffman’s own G.I. Bro character.
WWE Hall of Famer, Huffman, filed the copyright infringement lawsuit against Activision back in 2019 in response to a character poster for Prophet released by Activision. Huffman claimed that the Prophet model was based on a G.I. Bro poster, thus infringing on his copyright of the character, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz.Erwin Arroza” class=”article-image-full-size”/>On the left is a poster featuring Booker T, and on the right is Call of Duty’s character. Image Credit: Erwin Arroza
The jury for the case unanimoulsy agreed that Activision did not infringe upon Huffman’s copyright in the G.I. Bro poster on June 24, according to official court records of the jury’s verdict form.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, Activision argued in court that Huffman failed to present enough evidence to support his claim of copyright infringement, citing that the wrestler did “not own the idea of an angry man with a scowling look.” Activision said this in response to Huffman’s claim that G.I. Bro’s facial expression and attitude were unique to that character.
When Huffman filed the lawsuit in 2019, he told the court that “he conceived a character like his wrestling personality who would be a retired special operations soldier, fighting an old enemy he thought he had finished off years before, with the support of his old military friends,” according to a 2019 GamesIndustry.biz report.
He also said that there was “no question [Prophet] was copied from G.I. Bro,” according to GamesIndustry.biz, going as far as to say that Activision copied G.I. Bro’s hair, body type, clothing, and facial expressions. He called the similarities “too profound to be an accident.”
Activision, however, said Prophet couldn’t have been modeled after Huffman because Prophet was actually modeled after Dwayne Johnson from the neck down.
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