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Activision faces lawsuit after being accused of stealing a character for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The delicate situation that Activision and Infinity Ward have just encountered. Both companies are facing a lawsuit for copyright infringement in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The reason? Supposedly, having appropriated a foreign character to incorporate it into the war title.

This is the claim of Clayton Haugen , a photographer from North Carolina, who has filed a lawsuit in the Texas court , as recorded by Torrentfreak. According to him, Activision, Infinity Ward and Major League Gaming Corp did not respect his copyrights after copying and subsequently including a character design of his as their own in the game.

The origin of this controversy dates back to 2017, when Haugen says he hired Alex Zedra , who did a photo session as a character for his desired film, November Renaissance. Cade Janus is the name of that fictional character played by Zedra, whose photos were posted on Instagram.

 

The companies reportedly hired Zedra, asked her to wear the same clothing and gear as when she played Cade Janus. The same makeup artist was also hired, attempting to reproduce the results of the previous occasion, using original photos on “the studio wall” to help during the process. All this from the accusatory version of Haugen .

The result? Haugen’s version points out that this was the method to create Mara, a character from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and that it also served as a publicity teaser for the game.

Of course, Haugen assures that he owns the exclusive rights to his works, pointing in the lawsuit that he registered the photographs in 2012 and 2013, while the Copyright Office only has a record of him from December 21, 2020.

“Haugen is entitled to recover all infringement monetary resources from the defendants, including all of his earnings attributable to his infringements, to the extent permitted by 17 USC § 504,” the lawsuit concludes, demanding a jury trial. look at the demand through this link.

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