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Activision sued by screenwriter, Call of Duty character becomes the cause

Activision sued by screenwriter, Call of Duty character becomes the cause – A film writer filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Holding company game the famous person was accused of violating the copyrights related to one of them character from Call of Duty considered similar to a character created by a movie writer.

Clayton Haugen, a film writer and photographer, alleged that his 2012 character, Cade Janus, had been misused.

He claims Activision used the character as the precursor to the Mara character in Call of Duty Modern Warfare.

At the time, the writer shared that he created Cade Janus for a short story called November Renaissance.

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Reporting from, Clayton Haugen provided evidence that the actress and cosplayer he hired from 2017 to play the character Cade Janus is very similar to the character from Call of Duty.

The character played by cosplayer Alex Zedra is claimed to be the precursor to the character in Call of Duty. (Instagram / claytonhaugen)

The time he posted on the site and social media about women in military clothing was before the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The screenwriter asked cosplayer Alex Zedra to play his fictional character Cade Janus.

Clayton Haugen himself has contributed to writing or editing film stories such as Hard Kill (2020), Breakout (2010), and Sovereign (2015).

The lawsuit alleges that the Call of Duty developers saw the image and hired the same actress and makeup artist as the basis for Mara, a character from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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Karakter Mara from Call of Duty Modern Warfare.  (Activision)
Karakter Mara from Call of Duty Modern Warfare. (Activision)

Haugen accused Activision Blizzard of forcing models and makeup artists to sign nondisclosure agreements to cover up violations.

Mara has been added to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as part of their first battle pass, and they have since released several variations on the game.

The previous lawsuit against Activision Blizzard by AM General, for trademark infringement for the use of Humvees in Call of Duty games, was dropped last April.

It is quite interesting to see how Activision responds or perhaps denies the lawsuit against the Call of Duty Modern Warfare game character.