Activision Facing Jury Trial In 'Call of Duty' Copyright Case

Law360 (June 9, 2021, 5:03 PM EDT) -- Video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc. is facing a jury trial over accusations that it stole a character in "Call of Duty" from a professional wrestler's persona, after a Texas federal judge ruled that such copyright plaintiffs have a right to a jury trial.

In a Tuesday decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne rejected Activision's request to strike a demand for a jury trial from wrestler Booker T, who sued the game studio in 2019 for ripping off his "G.I. Bro" character in "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4."

The judge said it was clear that Congress had intended to...

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