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Booker T Loses Lawsuit Against Activision Over Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Character

June 25, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Booker T’s lawsuit against Activision over the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 character of Prophet has come up short. Sportico reports that the WWE Hall of Famer’s lawsuit over the character ended with the jury finding in Activision’s favor.

Booker sued Activision in February of 2019, alleging that the company ripped off the comic book version of his G.I. Bro character as the inspiration for Prophet. He noted that he created a comic featuring G.I. Bro in 2015 and that he owns the copyrights to the character, but that Activision used the image in Black Ops 4.

Activision argued that the similarities between G.I. Bro and Prophet were exaggerated and that the two characters’ similarities were simply “black military men with dreadlocks standing in a “generic military pose” while holding weapons,” per the site. Booker disputed that, as well as Activision’s assertion that Booker signed away all of his rights to promotional material, images, and depictions of G.I. Bro to WWE (noting that he only signed away IP rights related to wrestling). Ultimately the jury found in Activision’s favor.

“We are pleased with the outcome. Bottom line, to call this a frivolous case would be a massive understatement,” said E. Leon Carter of Carter Arnett, Trail Counsel for Activision Blizzard. “Activision creates games with the utmost integrity and is extremely proud of everyone involved with the development and creative process for all of our games including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, including the incredible talent like William Romeo who helped bring our vision to life. Today, the jury validated that process.”