The creator of a character named “Cade Janus,” who was developed as part of a movie game, is bringing Activision, Infinity Ward and Major League Gaming to court, accusing them of going behind his back and stealing the character for use in Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
As Torrent freak reportClayton Haugen claims he created the character years ago and even worked with streamer Alex Zedra to bring Janus to life.
Haugen’s lawsuit alleges that while Activision and a few partners were trying to promote his work through social media posting, they became aware of the character and were actively working to bring them into play, changing their name to “Mara” and as far as to go regarding (this is straight from the filing):
on. Used Haugens Cade Janus photographs as a guide for creating her own images and photos
b. Hire the same talent who posed for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs
c. Asked the talent of asking Haugen about the same clothes and equipment she wore when he created the Cade Janus Photographs
d. Hired the same makeup professional who created the talent for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs
e. She was instructed to do the talent’s makeup exactly as she had done for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs
f.She was instructed to style the talent’s hair exactly as she had done for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs, even using the same hairpiece extension, and then
G. Photographed and three-dimensionally scanned the talent with Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs as a guide.
Haugen’s suit is also full of photos comparing his original photo shoot to Activision’s Call of Duty promotional material with “Mara”.
What this takes from claiming “They stole my art” to a copyright infringement lawsuit seeking damages is that Haugen says he registered 2012-13 copyrights on his story and his 2020 photographs.
He seeks to “recover all financial remedial action taken by Defendants’ violations, including any profits attributable to their violations” and to recoup his costs and legal fees.