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Activision Settles Claim It Stole Character for ‘Call of Duty’

Oct. 5, 2021, 6:11 PM

Activision Blizzard Inc. has reached a settlement “in principle” of claims it copied a writer’s vigilante character for the character of “Mara” in its hit video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” the Eastern District of Texas said.

Judge Rodney Gilstrap granted the parties’ request on Monday for a 30-day stay of all deadlines to allow time to finalize the agreement.

Plaintiff Clayton Haugen alleges Activision used his photographs and hired the same model from the photos—wearing the same hair, makeup, and clothing from Haugen’s pictures—in creating Mara.

Haugen is a writer, photographer, and videographer who focuses on “dystopian science ...

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