Booker T files a lawsuit against Activision
Written by Mekael Rahman on 15 February 2019« Return to Reading Room
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer, Booker T. Huffman has initiated legal proceedings against the American video game publisher, Activision. The former’s complaint alleges that his ‘G.I Bro’ character was stolen and employed in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game.
The Defendants in the copyright infringement lawsuit are Activision Publishing, Inc., Activision Blizzard, Inc., and Major League Gaming Corp. According to the lawsuit, the Plaintiff’s said character has been copied by the video game character, David ‘Prophet’ Wilkes. Booker T had previously utilised the ‘G.I Bro’ character in the 1990s, during his wrestling career.
Furthermore, the famous wrestler would later go on to create a comic book which would be based on the pertinent character in 2015. The legal documents that were filed state that the Plaintiff had joined forces with Travis Huffman to create four cartoon versions of ‘G.I Bro’. These initial prototypes were subsequently used to generate preview models for the comic book titled ‘G.I Bro and the Dragon of Death’.
Apparently, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game had sold $500 million worth of copies (hard and electronic) in just the first three days after its release. Moreover, the total sales to date exceed $1 billion. The Plaintiff has asked for a jury trial, but the amount sought with respect to monetary relief was not revealed when the documents were filed.
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