Booker T Sues Activision for Allegedly Ripping Off ‘G.I. Bro’ Character in Black Ops

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Booker T has filed a copyright complaint against the people behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for putting a character that looks like “G.I. Bro” in the game. 

According to The Verge, Booker filed the lawsuit in his home state of Texas and alleges Activision Publishing, Activision-Blizzard, and Major League Gaming, plagiarized the design of Booker’s comic book alter-ego G.I. Bro. in their game “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.”

For those unfamiliar, the G.I. Bro character appeared in WCW as part of The Misfits in Action. Booker went on to create two comic books based on the character.

The “Black Ops” character in question, David “Prophet” Wilkes, bears some obvious similarities to G.I. Bro., but Booker’s lawyers don’t think the similarities are coincidental.

“They could have drawn him any way they wanted. But they chose to steal Booker T.’s “G. I. Bro.”,” the suit claims. The suit also mentions that as the G.I. Bro. copyright holder, Booker T has the “exclusive right to make copies and derivatives of the owner’s works”
The suit also alleges that the infringement has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in sales of infringing copies of Booker T’s G. I. Bro character. 
“Booker T. respectfully demands trial by jury on all issues so triable,” the docs further state. “Booker T. Huffman prays that Defendants be cited to appear and answer, and that upon final trial have and recover from Defendants as set forth above, and that he have such other relief as it may show himself to be entitled.”