The copyright infringement lawsuit filed last year by WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. Huffman against “Call of Duty” publisher Activision should move forward, according to a Texas federal court judge. In his Feb. 25 ruling, Judge Robert Schroeder of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas denied Activision’s request to dismiss or transfer the litigation, upholding an earlier ruling by a magistrate judge.
Mr. Huffman’s lawsuit alleges that the character “Prophet” in the popular “Call of Duty” video game franchise is too similar to the “G.I. Bro” comic book action hero character he created and copyrighted based on one of his early pro wrestling personas. Mr. Huffman is represented by Micah Dortch and Chris Lindstrom of the Potts Law Firm and Patrick Zummo with the Law Offices of Patrick Zummo.
“They both have the same muscular build; same skin tone; nearly identical facial features and facial expression; dreads topped with a cap; black, army style clothing; ammo holders strapped to their lower body; and assault rifles, held in a similar fashion with the end of the gun positioned near the character’s right shoulder,” states Judge Schroeder in his ruling.
In the first three days of its 2018 release, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sold more than $500 million in physical copies and downloads. Total sales to date are thought to exceed $1 billion.
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