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Booker T Claims Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Rips Off G.I. Bro, Files Lawsuit

February 12, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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– Booker T has filed a lawsuit against Activision because he claims that a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is based on G.I. Bro. Yep. PWInsider reports that Booker Huffman filed suit against Activision Publishing, Activision Blizzard, and Major League Gaming alleging that the character of David “Prophet” Wilkes is based on the comic book version of the character he used in the early 1990s and later in WCW.

Huffman says in the lawsuit that he created a comic book based on G.I. Bro that was published in 2015 and that he owns the copyrights to the character, but that Activision used the image in Black Ops 4. The suit notes, “In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, one of the “specialist” characters was David “Prophet” Wilkes, who had replaced 90% of his body with “cybernetics” to enhance his fighting ability. For the “prequel,” Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Defendants chose to depict “Prophet” as he was before he remade himself. They could have drawn him any way they wanted. But they chose to steal Booker T.’s “G. I. Bro.”

Huffman says he was never contacted about the character and that Activision is infringing on his copyright, have created a derivative work and have “distributed, or caused to be distributed, by sale or otherwise, copies or derivatives of the G. I. Bro Works by distributing the game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” He has asked for a jury trial.

You can see an image comparison between the two below, and there are admittedly notable similarities. Interestingly enough, Prophet also had a comic book published telling his backstory, one that strongly implies that the character is gay.

Lindsay Lohan similarly sued Rockstar over a character that she claimed depicted her in Grand Theft Auto V. Lohan lost that lawsuit, but she was suing for invasion of privacy and not copyright infringement.